A few words and 8 links

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Artists and thinkers hold society together. That goes for kindergarteners finger-painting and philosophers redefining how we’ll see the world tomorrow. I play my own modest part through what I write on Medium. Below are links to posts in key areas of interest.


For a couple years, I ran a small…

Read the book to take the Tolstoy personality quiz

Anna Karenina (1935) lobby card. Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Greta Garbo, Vivian Leigh, Sophie Marceau and Keira Knightley . . . Many great actresses have played the titular character of Anna Karenina by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910). Having enjoyed the film adaptations, I felt like I already knew the novel by the time I got around to reading…

The legendary Viking’s tale isn’t over

King Ella’s Messengers Before Ragnar Lodbrok’s Sons (1857), by August Malmström. Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

“All true saga-writing is a balance between fact and art.”
–Carol J. Clover, The Medieval Saga

Sequels, prequels, spinoffs and reboots… Today, we may be inclined to view these as cheap ways of turning one successful product into an unending stream of successful products, and therefore cheap bucks, but they…

The publication is closed to submissions for the foreseeable future

Photo: Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings;
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias”

I started The Gleaming Sword last year during the…

J.P. Williams

I write about the intersection of arts and ideas, my small contribution to the #ThinGraphiteLine between civilization and its collapse.

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