Thursday, October 06, 2005


Pleased to meet you, Reverend, your cousin is insane


  1. That's amazing! I can just imagine that conversation! Thanks!

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  3. Interesting post.

    I found this blog when I read your article on the Narnia series of books on

    Great article, by the way, you captured perfectly what I felt about the whole thing.

    I've always felt the Aslan-is-Jesus thing was a little out of proportion. I mean, it's a book. Just enjoy it. With the allegory, because it's beautiful in a fantastic sort of way.

  4. Is it just me, or has Andrew reached new and previously undreamed-of heights of inactivity since his pledge, just over a month ago, to post more frequently? :-)

    Not that he owes us anything, of course; but it is a bit dispiriting, on a particularly dull work day, to keep on checking back to and finding nothing new. Oh well -- I'd better re-read Is Tolkien Actually Any Good again, then.

  5. This may amuse you.

  6. I especially like the "Andrew Rilstone appears to hate Wagner almost as much as he hates Tolkien" part.

  7. "He has no understanding of Literature or it's methods, beauty, complexity, simplicity, or relation to the human spirit."

    "The review is clearly written by someone with no love for language."

    No more pretending to be literate from you, Mr Rilstone; I recommend taking up watching football instead.

  8. Actually: "He seems to be saying 'I know this is overrated garbage! Why is it so powerful? Why did it mean so much to me that it still has a hold on my imagination?' " may not be so very far from the mark, come to think of it.

  9. From the same forum -- although I suppose, to maintain the house style, I ought to say "from the same so-called forum

    One word about critics of any medium: They are the ones who were so poor at said medium that they had to fall back on critiquing it instead of practicing it. Anyone can be a critic, it involves no skill or intrinsic intelligence or insight whatsoever. It basically involves someone with the ability to have a platform to spout their opinions.

  10. "I never listen to critics, I form my own opinions."

    That's quite a fascinating forum, actually. I imagine that the internet is full of them; people repeating their identical views to each other in one big circle of reassurance that they are of course correct and that everyone else is terribly and hilariously or infuriatingly wrong.

    Rather like those conversations about politics which turn into endless anecdotes about the stupidity of the government and where nothing is ever learnt except that everyone else there agrees with you.

    It is of course very easy to end up there. I wonder how you avoid it? Maybe resign any forum if at least each 5th thread isn't an argument?

    Of course avoiding any forum where people exhort you to "be noble like an Elf" is probably a good start.