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The Lord of the Rings: 50th Anniversary, One Vol. Edition (Paperback)

by J.R.R. Tolkien

One Ring to Rule All Them Slots 0

The Art of the Chapter 7

You want to know how weird and deep my rabbit hole goes? I’ve developed what I’ll call an eccentricity about chapters.

Infuriating, Possibly Illuminating: On 'The List of Books' 2

What sets The List apart are the thirteen Michelin Guide-type symbols (a magnifying glass, an American flag, an armchair, etc.) that Raphael and McLeish used to flag titles as (for example) a “major masterpiece,” a “seminal work that changed our thinking,” and “a particular pleasure to read.”

Just Another Mason 0

The Humanity of Hobbits 1

Take Your Vitamins 1

Politics, Art, and the Practice of Writing: A Conversation with Orson Scott Card 37

Until recently most people knew Orson Scott Card as the author of Ender’s Game, a beloved modern science fiction classic. Of late, however, Card’s opposition to gay marriage has led to widespread media excoriation and intense scrutiny of his politics. In an effort to nuance current coverage, I chose to ask Card questions about writing and his identity as a writer.

A Play is a World: Conservative PC, Liberal PC, and Taking Art Seriously 1

All art is engaged in world-building, and it can be accomplished as successfully in 14 lines as in 500 pages.

A Scarred World: George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones 6

While his world looks like fantasy (bastards! dwarves! whores! knights!), and the action revolves around the question of the seven kingdoms’ throne, the focus is on the clashing relationships and motivations of the people involved in the struggle.

The Best Books... Squared 1