Interesting how Mr. Cosh serves us an off-handed snipe at Tolkien with an “elephant-in-the-chicken-coop” designation in the context of his “propagandistic” and (by now surely hackneyed) “troubling” appraisals, all because The Lord of the Rings has, in his estimation, a([n] apparently nasty) “crypto-Christian subtext.” Well, by gosh, Mr. Cosh, nice to know you’ve let us in on your subtext.p>Not only was Tolkien a first-rate philologist and writer, but — gasp — a devout Christian. That his beliefs should be expressed in his fiction should be by no means shocking, even if those with contrary world views don’t care for it. br> — Nick Hauser /p>
I have to concur with Colby Cosh on this one. I saw it Sunday and it did not take long for what I felt were undertones of Nationalism as subtle as a sledgehammer to come through on the plot.
I got the feeling that any German seeing Eisenstein’s Alexander Nevsky should have gotten in 1938 — a wake-up call that won’t quit.p>Nice to know I wasn’t alone. br> —
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?