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King Edmund the Cute

Anatomy of a Girlhood Crush

by Diana Peterfreundon The Chronicles of Narnia

Let’s get it straight: I wasn’t sitting around writing “Diana Hearts Edmund” in my Trapper Keeper, but I had an enormous crush on Edmund Pevensie when I was a kid. When I admit that to people, then and now, I invariably get a reaction that’s halfway between bemused and appalled. Edmund? they say. Isn’t he the petulant, whiny traitor responsible for Aslan’s death?

Yes, yes he is. In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But that’s only the start of Edmund’s adventures in Narnia. He pulls it together by the end of that book and proceeds to rock out for four more. No, Ed doesn’t leave us with the best first impression in all of literature, but he more than makes up for it in the rest of the series.

If anything, his experiences in the first book1 give him a breadth of knowledge and depth of experience and sorrow … read more»

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Introduction: Through the Wardrobe

by Herbie Brennanon The Chronicles of Narnia

Something wonderful happens when a group of experienced fiction writers come together to pay tribute to a master. But before we go into that, let me take a moment to introduce those writers to you, in the order they appear in this anthology:

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Getting Lost

Doubt, Descartes, and Evil Geniuses

by Robert Burke Richardsonon Lost

In the fifteenth century, the French philosopher René Descartes formulated his most famous dictum, cogito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am), while meditating by the fire. Some of my own best thinking occurs in a similar setting, only instead of a flickering fire, I stare at a flickering television … read more»

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In the Hunt

Who Threw Momma on the Ceiling?

by Carol Pooleon Supernatural

Here is how the series Supernatural begins, with its own origin myth. It’s a dark night, late autumn. A big, comfortable-looking house doesn’t seem to know it’s being stroked by spooky shadows of bare tree limbs. Inside the house we see a young family just brimming with its own goodness … read more»

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Holy Signifier, Batman!

by Nick Mamatason Batman

Batman, as one of the most iconic and enduring of comic book heroes, is ultimately nothing more than a bundle of images that have proven themselves to be far more valuable and compelling than any storyline, movie, or book of essays on the character. Batman is a Pez dispenser; he … read more»

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