Lewis and Tolkien – The Inklings

The group met at various times in Lewis’s classroom and a local pub from the late 1930’s to 1949. Charles Williams was an early member of the group and continued as a regular until his death in 1945. Williams grew up “a devout churchman” but was encouraged by his father “to appreciate the force of…

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Book Review

“Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind” by ‘Yuval Noah Harari’ is a pleasant read for all the Non-Fiction – History Genre lovers. This book presents history of evolution of homo-sapiens (us, humans) on this planet and the relationship that mankind nurtures with nature. Though the subject matter of the book might sound a bit…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Review

Jumanji is a remake (or a sequel?) of the original Jumanji movie starring Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst from 1995. The difference is that, in the original movie, the main characters play the Jumanji board game, whereas in the new one, we’ve advanced enough to switch to a video game. At the beginning of the movie, we follow four high school students…

Bright – Movie Review

Bright isn’t taking home any Best Picture awards next year, but that’s not to say it doesn’t have anything to offer in terms of entertainment. Directed by David Ayer and written by Max Landis, this brand new Netflix original succeeds (to an extent) in terms of providing a somewhat engaging sci-fi “buddy cop” action flick. Landis,…

The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Father Christmas Letters by J.R.R. Tolkien (alternate title: Letters from Father Christmas) is a delightful volume for personal or family reading during the Christmas season. With Tolkien’s skillful storytelling abilities and charming illustrations, the book can quickly become a holiday favorite. In this post we will explore some of the historical context for the letters and…

Review: The Battles of Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings epic world includes not only elves and trolls but a whole civilization spanning some 37,000 years. Such a vast timeframe involves war and numerous battles. There have been atttempts to sort through these events but never before in a book filled with such a high level of artwork and…

The Trials of Sherlock Holmes is out now!

Originally posted on A Tolkienist's Perspective:
Today is the day my first every book is unleash onto the world, and you can imagine, I’m super excited! It was quite the journey from conception to the last-minute revisions of the manuscript. The joy of walking step-by-step as it were, alongside the characters, and creating situations…

The DNA and Aging

  By studying a premature aging disorder called Werner syndrome, researchers may have uncovered a key driver of normal human aging: loose, disorganized bundles of DNA. The findings were published in Science this week. People with Werner syndrome (also called adult progeria) suffer age-related diseases early in life — from cataracts and graying hair to…

On Descriptive Grammar and Banal Bigotry

Originally posted on blawg:
I am forever being told that prescriptive spelling is a tool of oppression. And always, the way being defended, just happens to be fucking American – Tim Every few months or so a series of memes and critiques run through the social media mill, and they all sing the same refrain: “telling…

Four Bloggers, Four Landscapes

Landscape photographers are an active group within the broader photoblogging community. Here’s work from four sites we invite you to explore. Landscape photography can evoke a broad range of emotions: from the soothing visual rhythms of rolling hills to the drama of stormy seas and sheer cliffsides. Below is a small selection of photos that recently…

Guardians Of The Galaxy – Volume 2

Originally posted on lottieiswriting:
This is my review of Guardians Of The Galaxy: Volume 2. I’ve split it into spoiler and spoiler-free sections. Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 Spoiler-Free Review First, let’s start with some general spoiler-free thoughts. I absolutely loved the original Guardians Of The Galaxy movie, so although I was looking forward to…

The Man Who Changed How We Think About American History

Originally posted on History Imagined:
For many students, the study of American History begins with Columbus wandering mistakenly into the New World, followed by a dash around eastern North America with French and English explorers, and finally settles firmly into the founding of Jamestown and Anglo-America. They may get a smattering of information on the…