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Welcome Shannon Keeley and Brian Gibson

December 14, 2004 | 14 comments
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We’re pleased to introduce Shannon Keeley and Brian Gibson, our newest guest bloggers and our first co-blogging team. Read more »

Mormon Masculinity

December 8, 2004 | 106 comments
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An exercise in historical imagination, if you please: you’re sitting in the tabernacle on a hot Sunday afternoon, Brother Brigham at the pulpit. Read more »

Fa La La La La

December 6, 2004 | 59 comments
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It’s shockingly easy to make confessions on the internet, and I can’t resist making one of my own: Read more »

A Sense of Place

December 1, 2004 | 41 comments
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It’s been five months since my family moved from the edge of the country to the middle, and I’ve never felt so out of place. The change of season is to blame, of course: it happened quite quickly, here, on the day before Thanksgiving, when the low sky let fall flurries of snow and something else, too–a dampening of the light that makes everything look different, somehow. I’m not pleased. Read more »

Reading, Recreation, and Redemption

November 20, 2004 | 32 comments
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Well, it must be autumn again. Not only is my house threatening to sail away in a sea of leaves (mostly ugly brown oak, sadly), but I’ve been asked to teach a mini-class on literacy at Enrichment. The rhythm of the schoolyear is hard to resist, and almost every fall I’m asked to give a presentation on reading. I’m always happy to comply. This year, though, the notes to my standard presentation were lost in a cross-country move, so I’m asking myself–Why do I like reading fiction, again? Read more »

Notes on the Proclamation

November 15, 2004 | 58 comments
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In the fall of 1995 I enrolled in a critical theories seminar; first out of the block was feminism. One afternoon in September, I sat at a carrel in the old reading room on the south side of the HBLL and wrote on the inside cover of my reader a personal manifesto of sorts: “Why I don’t believe in gender essentialism.â€? Less than a week later, I sat in the Marriott Center watching the Women’s Broadcast on the big screen, and heard President Hinckley say, “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal and eternal identity and purpose.â€? Read more »

Against an LDS Theology of Conscience

November 12, 2004 | 24 comments
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I’ve never seen the Disney version of “Pinocchio,â€? but I’ve absorbed by cultural osmosis the image of Jiminy Cricket cheerfully chirping, “Always let your conscience be your guide.â€? Our banal present-day version of conscience—and our uncritical acceptance of the concept as a stable psycho-spiritual category–belies the treacherous history of the idea. Read more »

Bowdlerizing the Book of Mormon

November 11, 2004 | 22 comments
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This afternoon at lunch, my angelic three-year-old daughter said causally to her quesadilla, “I’m going to kill you by plunging my spoon into your heart.” Read more »

Dinner Theater, or Do We Consume Media?

November 8, 2004 | 89 comments
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It was late spring in London, and just as the weather outside started warming up, things inside started heating up, too. Read more »