‘My Bright Abyss,’ by Christian Wiman reviewed at the NYT: This is a daring and urgent book, written after the author learned he had a rare, incurable and unpredictable cancer. But it is not a conventional memoir of illness and treatment. Beyond informing us that he received his dire news in a “curt voice mail message,” Christian Wiman says very little about his experience of the medical world. He is after bigger game. More than any other contemporary book I know, “My Bright Abyss”...
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MIND MELD: What is the Literary Appeal of Gods, Goddesses and Myths? This week on The SF Signal Mind Meld, the Melders got mythical: Q: Gods, Goddesses and Myths: From Rick Riordan to Dan Simmons, the popularity of Gods, Goddesses and Mythology, especially but not limited to Classical Greco-Roman and Norse mythology seems as fresh as ever. What is the appeal and power of mythological figures, in and out of their normal time? What do they bring to genre fiction?
I highly recommend this podcast over at Coffee & Markets. Fascinating discussion and a book I need to check out.