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On Gollum and Graceby Joseph Pearce
I'm currently in New England with very little time to write anything for the blog. On Saturday I gave a talk on the Catholicism of The Hobbit at a Catholic parish in Stowe, Vermont, at which my compatriot, Fr. Benedict Kiely, is the pastor. Fr. Kiely will be known to StAR subscribers for his regular column, "The Sword of the Spirit". It was truly a delight to speak at his parish and to spend some time with the inimitable Fr. Ben. I'm now at Thomas More College, where I'm teaching classes on Chaucer and on The Lord of the Rings.
No Such Thingby Dena Hunt
There is no such thing as a fictional biography. Period. There is no such thing as a biographical novel. Period.
Biography is—and should be—non-fiction. It takes enormous research to write good biography, and imagination is not a substitute for that labor