Always thinking about the mythology he was inventing, Tolkien would draw on any paper that came to hand as he imagined the peoples and cultures of Middle-earth.
Syfy’s ‘The Magicians’ is an art project in the form of a television show, something we haven’t seen since ‘Twin Peaks.’
Fantasy film wizard Peter Jackson co-wrote the screenplay of this dazzling mishmash of a movie, but don’t expect another epic for the ages here.
As Eleanor seeks to become her best self, she realizes that moral improvement involves self-sacrifice, something she never thought about on Earth.
Tim Powers’ latest novel, ‘Alternate Routes,’ is both a thrilling mash-up of science fiction, fantasy, and horror and a work of startling moral sophistication.
Reason reporter CJ Ciaramella talks monsters, Dungeons and Dragons, video games, and his latest investigation into Chicago’s car impounding program.
‘The Magicians’ is a show for discerning, imaginative adults, and the realms of magic aren’t the only netherworlds it explores.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s tales of Middle-earth remain as beloved as ever. Yet, as our superficial culture rushes to absorb and adapt his work, it continually fails to understand the themes that make his work meaningful.
Netflix’s ‘Bright’ is not a movie, it’s not even a commentary—it’s a boring regurgitation of common political narratives.
‘Bright’ has proved a nice antidote for the Great December Disappointment of 2017, the pretentious, awful Star Wars offering, ‘The Last Jedi.’
Luke Skywalker could be the hero of the story, except for him there were no stakes. There is no risk, and without risk, there is no glory.
‘The Last Jedi’ is the Star Wars movie we wanted, the one we needed, and absolutely more than we deserved.
To us, Santa Claus was both a historical figure and an imaginary character. We should all embrace the joy of Santa this way, not as our annual chimney sweep.
Much of Stephen King’s work may wear the skin of Bram Stoker or Arthur Machen, but the skeleton and muscles come from Middle Earth.
A cover story for The Atlantic considers our national flight into Fantasyland, and the political thought of ‘American barbarians.’
Although few millennials would admit it, their love for ‘Harry Potter’ is more like veneration than fandom: It’s a secular stand-in for religious belief.
When toddler girls are forced to watch ‘Braveheart’ until they join the guttural yells, I’ll gladly sound the alarm. Here, though, we’re talking about a statue and some fiction.
The loss of Richard Adams is a call to mourn and to reflect on the novel that has deeply touched many of us.
The whole idiom of rock would have been different if not for the influx of fantasy themes and imagery made possible by J.R.R. Tolkien’s seminal publishing event.
I wanted to build my life upon Madeline L’Engle’s model. She ultimately failed me, but not completely; and I love her still.
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