ANNOUNCEMENT: Pillar of Light: Joseph Smith’s First Vision

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To commemorate the bicentennial of Joseph Smith’s First Vision (1820-2020), artist Jeremy Fink and I have created a book to tell of Joseph’s experience: Pillar of Light: Joseph Smith’s First Vision. Click here to access a free flipbook version. An inexpensive digital comic book version is available on Comixology.

The idea of presenting Joseph’s experience as a comic book grew out of my earlier post about chiasmus in “Joseph Smith-History” and observing how that account of his First Vision is centered around a contrast between light and dark — a conflict between good and evil. To my mind, this seemed to fit well with a comic book format. Luckily, my friend, Jeremy Fink, is a skilled comic book artist and welcomed the challenge of the project. Three years later, we are finished and hope you enjoy it.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Speaking at “Robert Louis Stevenson: New Perspectives” Conference (July 2017)

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Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson (1887) by John Singer Sargent, oil on canvas 

We are happy to announce that we have been invited to present a paper this summer at the “Robert Louis Stevenson: New Perspectives” conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. To get an idea of what we’ll be speaking about, here is a link to an article we posted in December: “To Be Honest, To Be Kind: Chiasmus in Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘A Christmas Sermon.'”

Stay tuned for more details.