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05 October 2009 @ 09:21 pm
Compare two quotations of CSL dated from 1954 and 1962 (but the second one is on reteller’s head):

“No scholar could now write quite like that [About Middle Ages as an absolutely dark period.—L.]. But the old picture, done in far cruder colours, has survived among the weaker brethren, if not (let us hope) at Cambridge, yet certainly in that Western darkness from which you have so lately bidden me emerge” [De Descriptione Temporum].
“I’m making a book out of the lectures [The Discarded Image.—L.]. It’ll be a good deal shorter. People in Cambridge can’t stand a great deal of that sort of thing” [George Sayer, Jack: C. S. Lewis and His Times (San Franciso, 1988), 246].

What’s this? He had been first peeved with Oxford and had had roseated view of Cambridge but was disappointed at last? (The first phrase is original in any case and it’s very tough, isn’t it?)

04 July 2009 @ 11:54 pm
Come join the discussion about Lewis' literature and philosophy.

Also, I'll soon be posting on my semester in Oxford and my friendship with Walter Hooper, Lewis' friend and posthumous editor.

14 May 2009 @ 07:19 pm
The Marsh-Wiggle ManeuverCollapse )

This is one of my favorite passages in the Narnia books, and I thought "The Marsh-Wiggle Maneuver" was a pretty good name for it. :)
21 April 2009 @ 01:54 pm
I just noticed that Wikipedia quotes CS Lewis in the entry on Sehnsucht:

In speaking of this desire for our own faroff country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a certain shyness. I am almost committing an indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of you—the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence; the secret also which pierces with such sweetness that when, in very intimate conversation, the mention of it becomes imminent, we grow awkward and affect to laugh at ourselves; the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name. Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that had settled the matter. Wordsworth’s expedient was to identify it with certain moments in his own past. But all this is a cheat. If Wordsworth had gone back to those moments in the past, he would not have found the thing itself, but only the reminder of it; what he remembered would turn out to be itself a remembering. The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited. [CS Lewis, The Weight of Glory]

This is one of my all-time favorite passages. :)
07 April 2009 @ 12:23 pm
Hello All.  New LJ and community member and CS Lewis fan!  Was curious as to your talk back regarding 'the Great Divorce'.  I find Lewis's conception of heaven and hell fascinating.  I also like how he prefaced the book with the statement that his account is by no means a doctrine on the solid facts of heaven and hell just his conception.  Anyway...please share your thoughts on the book!

Everyone (of all genders) is invited to participate in Theano's Day, an event to celebrate and rediscover women's contributions to philosophy throughout the centuries.

Blurb from the Pledge Bank signup site, which you may find here: http://www.pledgebank.com/theanosday

"I will blog to spotlight a woman, living or dead, who has made an important contribution to philosophy but only if 100 other people will do the same."

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Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras' wife Theano was a scholar and intellectual in her own right. Along with helping him raise five children, she put together writings on mathematics, art, beauty, philosophy, and child raising. She is credited with developing the Golden Mean, a crucial idea in aesthetic theory.

By taking this pledge, you sign up to honor and celebrate important women such as Theano by promising to create a blog post on June 24th concerning a female philosopher. As with Ada Lovelace Day, spotlighting women's contributions to technology, the woman you select may be from any nation, culture, or time period, living or dead...and you may blog in any style or format, using any software in any language.

I selected Theano as a mascot as she represents a work/life balance, an apparently decent and loving wife and mother as well as a scholar and professional. Throughout history and on average women have worked very hard in the background keeping things going by raising children, cooking, maintaining households, helping to earn a living through day-jobs...all very respectable activities. And many have made contributions to philosophy or other fields which may have been overlooked because the women are primarily known for work they have done in their other roles. So Theano's Day celebrates the philosophical contributions of women and attempts to bring their ideas out in the open to help inform modern society.

Also - when we think of philosophers, I've found that most people keep going back to the same list of the greats...Kant, Hume, Plato, Aristotle, etc. Of course not to say there isn't great wisdom from the greats...but honestly right now the world is facing a whole set of problems. Right here in the U.S. we're at war with three different countries with no end in sight, we're going down in a global economic crisis, etc. So - maybe looking at new ideas from any source might help us stumble on some which may be useful. And encouraging people to look at female philosophers will bring out lesser-known people and lesser-known ideas.

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Some women to start with if you need help thinking of someone: Hypatia of Alexandria (mathematician and scholar), St. Catherine (mystic and humanitarian), Sor Juana (Mexican nun and intellectual) and Florence Nightingale and Jane Austen, each of whom developed a worldview and philosophy through their writings on various subjects.

We encourage as many people as possible from around the world to participate this June 24th and will set up a system to link the blogs so you may read each other's blogs. Please also pass on the word about Theano's Day!
Hi! I finally updated my Narnia Chapter-by-Chapter recap/meta:

The Horse and His Boy, Chapter 10: The Hermit of the Southern March.

Everyone is more than welcome to join in for discussions. Be warned though: there is a lot fan-girl squeeing in this one. ;)
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
02 April 2009 @ 11:27 am
Natalia L Trauberg, translator, specialist perhaps
in Lewis and Chesterton, died last night in Moscow.
I believe my post today with its accompanying
article by and interview with Trauberg , may be of
interest to you, to anyone reading cs_lewis
that is, and so I commend it to you
Natalia L. Trauberg 1928-2009
20 March 2009 @ 09:27 am
Beyond the Wardrobe: An Evening with C.S. Lewis
First Church in Ipswich, Ipswich, MA
March 29th @ 7:00PM
Tickets are $10.
Tickets are available at the door the night of the show.

This is a one man show in which Lewis relates his life story and works.
11 March 2009 @ 11:36 pm
And by the way, can somebody recommend any good literature about CSL as a scholar (critic)? I know classical biographies (Hooper, Wilson), works of J.A.W.Bennett, paper of A. Fowler, several old reviews on Lewis' researches but its a drop in the ocean I suspect.
Thanks a lot for your help!