Garth grapples with ghastly gods

One of my favorite books in high school was The Seven Altars of Dusarra, by Lawrence Watt-Evans.

It’s a sword-and-sorcery fantasy, the second in a quartet called The Lords of Dus. The Lure of the Basilisk is the first, The Sword of Bheleu the third, and The Book of Silence the fourth. The third and […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Lost Boy, Lost Girl

“Lost Boy, Lost Girl” by Peter Straub is available at the library in hardcover and large print.

Lost Boy, Lost Girl reminded me that I haven’t outgrown the horror genre, that I can still be scared in surprising ways.

This story of two boys who become obsessed with an abandoned house blends two genres […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Was Jesus Gay? (Part 3 of 3)

Jesus was gay?

That’s what Morton Smith wanted us to believe.

And just to be clear at the outset: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the idea that Jesus may have been gay.

But there’s no real evidence hinting that he was–except perhaps in the Secret Gospel of Mark, which is most likely a […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Was Jesus Seditious? (Part 2 of 3)

In the last post we saw a scholar’s approach to the question of Jesus’ wife, and today we’ll examine two popular accounts of Jesus’ politics.

Within months of each other, Bill O’Reilly and Reza Aslan published books that are still on bestseller lists: Killing Jesus: A History and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Was Jesus scandalous? (Part 1 of 3)

Was Jesus scandalous? Perhaps not in the ways many people think.

Jesus may have had a wife, but if so, we’ll probably never know who she was.

Jesus seems to have opposed taxes, but his anger was directed at an agrarian empire that had little in common with the targets of modern libertarians.

Jesus could […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Bergman for Breakfast (Part 3 of 3)

In the previous two posts I rolled out a countdown of my favorite Ingmar Bergman films, and now it’s time for the crown jewels.

But before that, a quote from Stanley Kubrick. As a young filmmaker he wrote to Bergman:

“Your vision of life has moved me deeply, much more deeply than I […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Bergman for Breakfast (Part 2 of 3)

In my previous post I started a countdown of my favorite Ingmar Bergman films, and today it rolls on.

But before I continue, here’s a wonderful quote from Time, which paid tribute when Bergman died in 2007.

“Bergman was a surgeon who operated on himself. He cut into his own fears, analyzed his […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Bergman for Breakfast (Part 1 of 3)

Do you enjoy being depressed?

Do you prefer tragedy over levity?

Do you like artistic films that deal with the dark and embarrassing aspects of human nature that many of us would rather avoid?

If you answer yes to any of these, then chances are you’ll like the films of Ingmar Bergman. If you answer […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

Farewell to My Favorite Leper

Thirty-six years.

That’s a long time since we first met Thomas Covenant and wet our toes in a fantasy series that somehow became a 10-volume sprawl.

And if “The Last Dark” sounds like a grim conclusion, it is, which makes it right at home in today’s Game of Thrones climate of moral ambiguity.

The […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.

The Five

I can’t remember the last time I read a novel like The Five.

If you like suspense, horror, and rock music, then this book is tailor made for you.

And for my money, it’s Robert McCammon’s best book since Boy’s Life.

McCammon’s horror novels of the ’80s were great: he gave us Amazon women who […]

About Loren Rosson

Loren Rosson heads up the circulation department at the Nashua Public Library. He's worked at the library since graduating from Lewis and Clark College, with the exception of the two years he spent in Lesotho with the Peace Corps, teaching high school.