Review: Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A. Thompson

Take Me Tomorrow cover

This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve been following Shannon’s blog for a while now (it’s great!) but hadn’t yet gotten around to reading any of her books. Take Me Tomorrow is her latest, just out last week, so I was excited to get my hands on it! Here’s the basic description:

Two years after the massacre, the State enforces stricter rules and harsher punishments on anyone rumored to support tomo – the clairvoyant drug that caused a regional uprising. 
But sixteen-year-old Sophia Gray has other problems. 
Between her father’s illegal forgery and her friend’s troubling history, the last thing Sophia needs is an unexpected encounter with a boy. 
He’s wild, determined, and one step ahead of her. But when his involvement with tomo threatens her friends and family, Sophia has to make a decision: fight for a future she cannot see or sacrifice her loved ones to the world of tomorrow.

In the spirit of honesty, I’ve gotta say, so many adjectives. So many. And so many characters with so little introduction. It was hard to keep track in the beginning, because there are all these random characters, none of them were anyone to me, and it was a horde of boys surrounding the protagonist and one or two female supporting characters. The plot got hard to follow, especially since Sophia never knows what the heck’s going on and so much of it is her watching boys argue and then refuse to explain, insisting she leave the serious business to the menfolk.

I did get the hang of the relationships as I went along, but I still feel like the characters themselves aren’t that differentiated. The exception is Noah, the instigator of most of the plot events. He’s a liar with aliases and plans, the one who feels like he has agency in this story. He’s a charmer and also an asshole, and everyone knows it. He’s the most inconsistently consistent character in the book, the one I remember, the one whose secrets I want to know. I really feel like it should’ve been from his perspective all along, since he’s the one who does things.

Beyond Noah’s charisma, the most gripping thing about Take Me Tomorrow is the premise — what happens when people start taking a clairvoyant drug? Shannon A. Thompson effectively portrays how that kind of drug might be conceptualized by everyday teens in a future culture. Everything isn’t slick and overstylized. The author has a personal connection to the topic and personal motivation to write it, and that adds a certain immediacy or visceral quality to the story that I appreciate. If there’s a sequel following Noah and Sophia, and especially if there’s one exploring the government and social issues in more detail, then I’m totally there.

The tone and content are very similar to The Hunger Games, and I recommend Take Me Tomorrow if you’re looking for a read-alike to that or if you just like YA dystopia in general!

Find Take Me Tomorrow on Amazon, Smashwords, and Goodreads.

Sunday Summary

New to the Blogroll:

Comics Make No Sense. I remember reading this blog years ago, but somewhere around 2011 it stopped posting. Apparently it started back up in late 2012, and my brother just recently noticed and let me know. I had read the entire archives when it stopped, but now I’ve got another year or two of backlog to read! If you like old-school comic craziness, this is the blog for you.

Diversity Cross-Check. A tumblr dedicated to linking writers with people willing to share their experiences, so writers don’t have to write from their own guesses. Found through Lady Geek Girl and Friends. I gotta submit a profile when I get around to it!

What I’m Up To:

The friendship between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien will be the subject of a new movie. Casting news, please! All due respect to the great Anthony Hopkins, but he was way too creepy.The Ashford Affair cover

I don’t read much in the romance genre, just not my thing, but The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig was amazeballs. I read 300 pages in a day. It’s far enough into the historical fiction camp to appeal to me, it’s very well-written, and the characters spoke to me too. I was especially impressed by the author’s skill in choosing scene breaks. It’s a small thing, but it’s a dual story split between a woman and a smexy historian in the present and her grandmother’s life in the 1920s, and the scene break choices are just perfect. I also liked how characters were perceived in many different ways by the people around them, and the fact that it never got rapey or sexist even in the 20s scenes. Highly recommended.

My Kindle Fire died this week, which was awful. I didn’t realize how attached I was until it didn’t work anymore. It’s my connection to the internet away from home, my backup books if I’m ever stuck somewhere, my music, and who knows what else. Thankfully, Amazon got me a replacement quite cheaply and extremely quickly, and this time it’s a Kindle Fire HD. The system is much better and provides options I wanted, like being able to make collections instead of just having everything in a lump. Plus my old Kindle was getting buggy even before it died completely… Still sad about packing it up and return it though.

Coming Up This Week:

Monday: Review of Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A. Thompson

Wednesday: Review of Ms. Marvel #6

Friday: Flash fiction about a dinosaur meeting an alien!


So, what’s up with you? :)

Review: “Loki: Agent of Asgard” #3

Loki Agent of Asgard #3 cover

Time to pick up with Loki: Agent of Asgard! Issue #3 has Old Loki on the cover. I can’t say I’m super excited, I like this series because of new Loki, but we’ll see how it goes. If you’re just tuning in, I’m doing my Loki reviews in the form of live reactions as I go along, paying special attention to Loki’s possible genderfluidity/bisexuality/etc. Skip to the Final Thoughts to avoid spoilers.

Loki Agent of Asgard #3

Right off the bat, we have this from Old Loki. He’s watching himself and Verity from the last issue, so it isn’t as if Young Loki is in female form. Is Old Loki being condescending? Calling Young Loki a sissy? In a leap of hypothesizing, maybe Young Loki is genderfluid but Old Loki isn’t? Old Loki is putting more emphasis on “precious” than “girl,” the overall attitude is clear, but the reference is unexplained.


Again, this is a story about stories. We follow Old Loki into the past, where he meets a young Odin and tells him a riddle. Then Loki kills an enormous otter and they eat it. (It kinda makes sense in context… kinda. Poor otter.)

Loki Agent of Asgard #3 Odin

Love the eyes. It’s also interesting to watch Loki’s references to himself — we’ve said before in this series that Old Loki had turned from the god of mischief into a god of evil, and there tends to be a line drawn between the two, but not always.


Wait! The otter was a shapeshifter, and when his brothers see Odin and Loki wearing his fur as their cloaks, they’re understandably miffed. Loki manipulates them into wanting gold rather than revenge.

Loki Agent of Asgard #3

“Yes, yes, naughty us.”


There’s only one treasure hoard to cover those skins (apparently). The treasure of Andvari the Dwarf, who’s taken the form of a gigantic pike to protect it.

Andvari: Who goes there?

Old Loki: Loki am I — Liar, trickster, and come for your gold! So fork it over, old fish!

Way to announce your intentions! Funny how tricksters are often the most honest of characters. I also must say that I like the way Loki’s modern dialogue is used in the midst of old-fashioned storybook-style narrative.

Loki Agent of Asgard #3 Andvari

Loki Agent of Asgard #3 rocket launcher



Odin promises Loki a favor for saving them, and Loki asks for a box with five locks and five keys. He tells Odin what to put in it, but we don’t know what immediately. After that, the story follows the brothers who received the gold — because of course the dwarf-pike put a curse on it. The gold brings out the truth, and the truth isn’t always pretty. Sometimes the truth is that your brothers are vengeful greedy murderous people. This story involves deaths and transformations and the hero Sigurd and I recommend you buy the issue and read it. The most relevant bit is the creation of Gram, “Asgard’s bane,” a sword of truth. Most often the truth just hurts, but sometimes it kills.


Loki Agent of Asgard #3 sword

The sword is what Loki asks Odin to put in the box. Loki creates a myth that will still be around in the future, that the sword is for Loki, and it’s the one Young Loki has in the present. In the final panel, we see Sigurd coming to get his sword back.

Final thoughts:

I actually really enjoyed this! The basic idea is that Loki went back in time to create a fable. The writing is extremely effective in that regard, it really feels like a modern character walking around in an old fairy tale and meddling with it. Very skillfully done indeed. Also, I should mention that Sigurd is black now, apparently an innovation, as Google is just showing me your stereotypical blond Scandinavian dude, and he’s got a real down-to-Earth charisma. Loki calls him “Sigurd the sometimes-glorious,” apparently he’s got issues with making promises to ladies and then breaking them, but he’s got a hero’s air. The next issue should have a showdown between Loki and Sigurd, among other things, and I’m super excited!


Spectacular Blog Award


Congratulations, Natacha Guyot of Science Fiction, Transmedia, and Fandom, you’ve just won a Spectacular Blog Award!

What’s the Spectacular Blog Award? Well, here are the rules:

  • Everyone else is free to snag the graphic and give it to blogs they find spectacular.
  • When giving the award, add a short post to your blog about the blog you’re nominating and send a comment/note/email to the person receiving the award…just so they know.
  • The blog receiving the award does nothing except enjoy it. No lists of facts, no lists of nominations, no lists of questions…just no lists. Of course, the nominated blog is free to grab the picture for bragging purposes. :D
  • Go forth and spread the love, people! ;)

I haven’t had an occasion to give Natacha a shout-out in a while, but her blog is always full of cool stuff and she’s just started what promises to be a very interesting series called A Galaxy of Possibilities: Discussing Character Writing, Diversity, Star Wars and Fandom. Check it out!

The Spectacular Blog Award was created by Nerd in the Brain.


What’s a Toothbrush Drill?

What is a toothbrush drill, and does it hurt? That was my question, anyway.

I volunteer at the Tannehill museum. One job, from a while ago now, was to catalog sixteen boxes of old photographs of Alabama mining communities. These pictures were taken by the Land Department of the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company, often of buildings, but there were also lots of people (especially children) and a box full of May Day pageant pictures. There’s an unexplained fascination with taking pictures of schoolkids’ vegetable gardens in different communities, there are dozens of pictures of those. (One theory is it was a surreptitious effort to monitor the TCI’s effect on local water supplies). For whatever reason, they were interested in documenting major life events in their mining towns as well as daily life.

In amongst various pictures of children’s activities, behold, a toothbrush drill!

toothbrush drill Edgewater Alabama 1917

Toothbrushes had been around already, and wouldn’t really catch on until after World War II, but for some reason these toothbrush drills were a thing in the 1910s. They were a competitive school exercise. This particular one took place in Edgewater, Alabama, dated 3/26/17, at the white school. Everything was still segregated, and most of the pictures are labelled “White Schoolhouse,” “Colored Schoolhouse,” “Miner’s Garden,” “Colored Miner’s Garden,” etc. Usually the pictures were close to each other, and I was starting to wonder if the other school did toothbrush drills at all, but I did find one for them dated 11/7/17 — with 200 or more students in front of a schoolhouse in that one. (I held off posting this for about two months because my picture of that just came out a blur and I hoping to get another picture or a scan of it, but I haven’t been able to get back into that collection).

I did find a nice scan on Amazon of another drill in Fairfield, Alabama, dated 5/19/19, hopefully you can see this one better:

toothbrush drill Fairfield Alabama 1919

In a separate box dealing with Wenonah Ore Mine, I found a picture of a Toothbrush Cabinet. It looks like those big racks of apartment mailboxes with numbers on them, (and it does have numbers instead of names), but instead of opening, each box has a little cup attached to it with a toothbrush in it. Basically, toothbrushes were serious business in the South around 1917, and I have no idea why!

Sunday Summary

New to the Blogroll:

Modern Mythologies – A blog with in-depth analysis of the DCU, found through a roundup on The Speech Bubble!

What I’m Up To:

I remembered C.S. Lewis has a legacy library on LibraryThing – a catalog of the books he owned! I believe it’s just the books in his library at the time of his death, so I may look into adding others I know he’s read, but I need to revisit the LibraryThing guidelines about that.

I’ve been enjoying the old Batman show on TV, but golly, even the Mr. Upright Citizen version of Batman displays a marked disregard for due process. Making a woman sleepy and giving her oxygen to make her talk is NOT an acceptable way to interview her without her lawyer, Batman! (Yes, she was explicitly refusing to talk without a lawyer, and Batman insists Gordon be there for this exchange to witness that nothing untoward is going on. Apparently he thinks since he’s not “introducing any serums” to her system then it’s totes constitutional, y’all.)

I want to write 10,000 words of What Dreams this month and started off great. The past couple of days were a wash, but I’m getting back on track, and also working on a little short story on the side. Listening to Do I Wanna Know by the Arctic Monkeys on repeat… Love the sound, and such a WD song.

(official video, NSFW)


Coming Up This Week:

Monday: What’s a toothbrush drill?

Wednesday: Spectacular Blog Award

Friday: Either a post about Doctor Who and Sherlock OR a review of Loki: Agent of Asgard #3, haven’t decided yet!

The Writing Process Blog Tour

I was tagged for the Writing Process Blog Tour by CompGeekDavid of DBCII and Comparative Geeks! I appreciate it very much, and I really enjoy both those blogs, check them out!

The rules for the tour are simple:

  1. Link to the previous blogger
  2. Answer the four writing-process-related questions
  3. Nominate/tag three more bloggers

Here are my nominees before I get going. I tried to pick people who haven’t been tagged yet… If you don’t do awards or chain posts (or have already done this one), no worries, just consider this a shout-out.

  1. Nerd in the Brain. This awesome geeky blog posts several times a day, and I’d love to know how Emily gets it done!
  2. Only Fragments. I haven’t been following this blog for long and I’m still figuring out what goes on, but basically there are stories and poems about the same two characters in any number of alternate universes, timelines, styles, etc. Very interested in how that happens!
  3. The Fiction Diaries. A fellow aspiring author who also runs Paperback Planes!

Now on to the questions. I’ve decided to hit academic/history writing, blogging/pop culture writing, and the writing of fiction for each one. It’s kinda long, but the processes are different for me, and it’s in keeping with the triple subjects of my blog, which are getting triplier all the time…

Why do I write what I do?

History: Well, as the story goes, I was an English major. I took a mandatory history course, was complaining because it was awesome and I’d only get to take one, and my mother said “You CAN change your major, you know…” and I did. In more general terms, I write it because I want people to know about cool things and relevant things. I don’t post a lot of that here… Hoping to do more in the future.

Blogging: Because I like talking to y’all!

Fiction: I’ve just always wanted to write stories. I have ideas for books I want to read, and they don’t exist, and they aren’t going to write themselves! Frankly I’m my own biggest fan. I sit down to edit and get lost in my own story. If I could read my own work all day I would, but I have to build up a store of work to read! ;)


How does my writing process work?

History: I start with research. I amass a staggering list of sources and read the most basic introductory one first. Then I skim the questionable ones for any relevant information, then fully read those most applicable to my topic. I take comprehensive notes throughout the project — I’ll have a single document with headings (the full citations) for each source, and notes with the appropriate page numbers. As I go along I keep the paper in mind, and I start to clump the notes together by topic (i.e. future paragraph) in another document. I’ll add the author’s name to the page number if I copy anything into the second document.

Continue reading

Quotes from “All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C.S. Lewis”

A selection of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes from All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C.S. Lewis. I recommend reading the whole book, since these are just some that spoke to me in particular! For context, see my review of the book and comments on Lewis’s home life.


Last night I had a ridiculous dream of Squire’s sending back my poem and saying he could not accept it because I spelt the word “receive” wrongly. (20)

I have leaned too much on the idea of being able to write poetry and if this is a frost I shall be rather stranded. (21)

I have leaned too much on the idea of being able to write poetry and if this is a frost I shall be rather stranded. C.S. Lewis

I began to feel with Rasselas that “it is impossible to be a poet”: not so much a dissatisfaction with my own powers in particular as a conviction in general that good poetry is beyond the reach of human endeavour altogether. [and the very next day...] After supper I worked on “Dymer”, bringing it to the end of the storm. I was so transported with what I considered my success that I became insolent and said to myself that it was the voice of a god. (110-1)


Have just remembered to record that Pasley and “Johnnie” Hamber were married today. It must be one of the horrors of marriage to reflect at such a time how many kind friends know exactly what you are doing. (19)

Continue reading

Review of Robocop (2014): Corporatism, Captain America, and Disability Awareness

Robocop 2014 poster

Didn’t see the new Robocop movie because you thought it would be horrible? A cheap knockoff full of action scenes and no substance? Well, you weren’t alone — I hardly heard a word about it after it came out, and that often means people just didn’t see it. But if you liked Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you gotta see the 2014 Robocop! It came out just two months before Captain America, but I think it’s an important part of the same conversation.

For starters, it’s not some crappy remake for the sake of doing a remake. It’s an update — it’s taking the same concepts and checking in to see how society is now. The original was a sledgehammer of social commentary, so that’s an entirely appropriate way to update it. They made it about drones, surveillance, the limits of the law and how much influence corporations should have. They did it clearly, but not in such a way that the movie isn’t fun or a good story. That’s the main point of comparison to Captain America. They also update the mass media aspects of the original, with Samuel L. Jackson chewing the scenery brilliantly as futuristic talk show host Pat Novak. I complain all the time about the distracting use of holographic special effects in Iron Man, but their use here was totally the right way to do it!

The Novak Element Samuel L. Jackson

Beyond that, I like a story to really take advantage of its setting and premise. I felt like Robocop was able to use its cyborg lead to talk about disabilities in a fundamental way. The movie is asking the question, “With nothing left but (most of) his head sitting inside a robot suit, is Alex Murphy still human?” and the answer is yes, of course he is. It’s just adaptive technology. It doesn’t make his life worth any less or mean he should be treated differently. When they start taking away his agency, his free will and right to make decisions about how he lives his life, that’s when they infringe on his humanity, and that’s a horror.

You could easily say “Oh dear, they take away his emotions and his family!” and that’s true, but it’s not key. It’s the fact that they treat him as a possession, as something less than human because of the equipment he uses. For me, the essential moral of the story is that human rights are non-negotiable, and the specific example they use is people with disabilities. It’s sad that we’re still talking about basic human rights, but that’s still where we are with all the kinds of representation. Of course, the other half of representation is trying to create a faithful, realistic character, so I should mention that I’m speaking as a person without any notable disabilities and there may well be other things that should’ve been included or removed that I just didn’t know about. Some people have said Murphy should’ve taken more time to get used to his equipment, for instance.

Robocop Dr. Dennett Norton Gary Oldman

The original movie was driven by slimey yuppy businessmen who wouldn’t have been out of place in American Psycho, but in the new Robocop, the protagonist is Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman), a scientist who creates sophisticated prosthetics and helps his patients learn to use them. Meaning, he’s not even just doing it For Science, he sits with his patients and works with them so they can use their prosthetics. He cares about the people and the end result of adaptive technology, and it’s his presence that makes the link with disabilities explicit (although it certainly could have been more so).

And yes… Norton is the real protagonist, the stealth protagonist in the shadow of Robocop himself. Dr. Norton is the one who changes, and the one who makes choices. He receives his call to action, he tries to solve things but makes a bad decision, eventually hits the bottom and the moment he has to make a defining choice for good or evil, and he makes it, saving the day. Robocop himself is a metaphor, whose actions are consequences of Dr. Norton’s choices. It’s a clever choice that makes the story more immediate, and I think it helped highlight the movie’s themes: The importance of individuals and human choices. It doesn’t infringe on Murphy’s significance, but since the whole story is about infringing on Murphy’s agency, I think it’s cool that another individual with agency is doing it and understands the impact of what he’s doing. Norton is important to really make that theme whole.

Speaking of individualism, there could be a really interesting study here between the 1987 conception of individualism and corporatism and today’s, if someone cares to make it. In the original, no one gave any thought at all to consent or humanity — Alex Murphy is just biological parts they incorporate into the cyborg cop. When he’s not in use, he’s just supposed to sit in a chair. The turning point of the movie is when he decides to take control of himself and stand up to the crooked corporations that run the world. In the new one, they have to have consent from the beginning, hence the character of Murphy’s wife Clara playing a bigger role. They have to give the appearance of Robocop still being a person in a suit — after all, that’s the whole point of not using a drone. When they take away his free will, they have to keep it a secret. They’re both cautionary tales warning against the same thing, but I think the new movie rests on a whole different set of assumptions there.

Robocop Clara Murphy

Robocop Lewis










The female partner, Anne Lewis, is gone from the original, folded into the character of Clara Murphy, and the leads are overwhelmingly male. So, that’s kind of odd, since they had Lewis and all her coolness in the older version. However, the update does have female characters in many speaking parts that are entirely dissimilar to each other, so I like that, and it’s another way it’s similar to The Winter Soldier (although it totally would’ve been even better with an updated Lewis as a corollary to Black Widow — or an updated Lewis as Robocop!) The new Robocop is actually much less bloody and gruesome too, for what it’s worth. We see Alex Murphy as just a head and lungs with his brain exposed during the medical procedures, but he’s injured in a single quick explosion, not dismemberment and torture by gun, and the gun deaths are your more typical “single shot” stuff than people getting torn apart by bullets. The crimes he stops aren’t shown in the same way either.

Robocop is the best kind of remake… Not a remake at all, but a reimagining. It takes a well-known movie, analyzes the concept and themes, and uses those ideas to tell a new story. It doesn’t just repeat old words like a broken record, lessening the original — it continues the conversation started in 1987. Check it out!

Interesting Carictars: “All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C.S. Lewis” (1922-1927)

I'm reading all of C.S. Lewis' books in chronological order!

I’m reading all of C.S. Lewis’ books in chronological order! Go here for more information.

Diaries are terribly personal things, although of course they’re never as revealing as novels-in-diary-form would have us believe! They’re always notations after the fact, and C.S. Lewis’s diary was kept partially to amuse his housemate, Mrs. Moore. So, this is hardly an unguarded account of his life in these five years. At the same time, the historical information about daily life that’s encoded in a diary is invaluable — precisely those pieces of information that are so taken for granted that they’re not secret, that there’s no point in even wanting them to be. It humanizes a person or a time.

The packaging and preliminary materials for this diary are almost apologetic about the feast of boredom and everyday humdrum details the reader is about to endure, but I found it anything but boring! Lewis is an engaging presence even in these short diary entries, and you do really get a sense of the daily rhythms of life and how he functioned at the time. You see him being lovely and also see him being irritable. He’s also quite witty. I’ll have a quote post up soon with some that stood out to me, but to get all the good stuff I would’ve had to transcribe the whole document! I talked about the personal aspects of the diary a bit in that post about Mrs. Moore, so here I’ll just reiterate that the glimpses of pre-Christian Lewis in this diary and in his poems reveal someone I’d like to know, and I’m sorry I’ll never get the chance. At the same time, I do think his personality stayed much the same.

All My Road Before Me: The Diary of C.S. LewisCommon subjects:

Daily life and local gossip – He doesn’t generally share the gossip itself, he mostly just mentions that such-and-such dropped by with news, that people visited, etc. He mentions when he does chores, and how he’s helping educate Maureen in Latin. (He tutors a few other girls at various times as well). He also liked to note any time a conversation partner said something interesting or witty. I was particularly delighted with his Aunt Lily, an absolute presence of a person who comes off as kind of a wacky older lady who’s full of bizarre opinions, all held with a compelling air of authority, but encompassing such things as “Pekinese were not dogs at all but dwarfed lions bred from smaller and ever smaller specimens by the Chinese through ages inumerable.” (127) There are several sagas to get through too, things like rescuing a local young woman from an abusive house and dealing with an uncle suddenly contracting some kind of severe mental illness.

Studies – The man was a force of nature. I’ll just snag one representative quote: “Got home about o’clock: tea in the garden and made an analysis of Kant, getting as far as the “Anticipations of Experience”. Memorised this after supper, and also my Gk. History notes.” (32) Yes, he writes up analyses and then just memorizes them after supper so he’ll know the material for exams. He mentions this sort of thing regularly. And of course he always thinks he’s done badly and then gets the top grade in the class. He also likes to read while walking — apparently he enjoys the walk more when constantly surprised by his surroundings! Talk of studies transitions into talk of job hunting, a trial to which I’m sure we can all relate.

Submitting poems to magazines – This was post-Spirits in Bondage, but that collection wasn’t a success. He often mentions working on his long narrative poem “Dymer,” which I’ll be reading in July. He was generally in the process of submitting individual poems to magazines as well — it was a lengthy process since he had to do a good copy by hand, take it and pay to have it typed, go pick up the typed copy, mail it in, and wait for a response. The system seems to have run pretty smoothly, all things considered! Writing was also often a struggle for him, which was reassuring.

Glancing mentions of spiritual topics – These come mostly in a kind of eyerolling amusement toward the waxing and waning of religious motivations in others. He’s interested in rooting out all his own wishful thinking, what he calls “Christina dreams,” a reference to a character from The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler. If you’ve read Surprised by Joy where Lewis talks about the feeling of joy he sometimes got in his experiences with nature, there are a few mentions of that too. I don’t remember exactly how he puts it in Surprised by Joy, but from the statements here I did wonder if Christianity was really that linked to it at all, and if Buddhism (or some other nature- or mindfulness-focused practice) wouldn’t be an even more natural step in trying to revisit that sensation. It’ll bear some more looking into his motivations as I go along.

In short, this diary brings a humanity and immediacy to Lewis that you might not get from his more prepared works. It will interest a very small audience, but that small audience will be delighted to read it.


Next Month’s readings: “Dymer,” Narrative Poems, and Poems.
(“Dymer” is included in Narrative Poems if you’re looking for it, I’m just listing it separately for chronological reasons.)