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Hooperian Persiflage?

The essay in Present Concerns titled “Modern Man and His Categories of Thought” is suspicious in several ways. One is its view of women. The writer laments the intellectual and spiritual damage done to men by “The Emancipation of Women.” He says the proper glory of the masculine mind is disinterested concern with truth for truth’s own sake and the Read More ›

Merelewis World Wide

MereLewis is a free e-mail listserve devoted to discussion of the life and writings of C. S. Lewis. (Douglas Gresham is a participant.) Subscribers vary widely in age, background, knowledge of Lewis, and location. The following list of subscriber locations is correct except for attributing to the U.S. global services like Hotmail. Country Subscribers Australia 24Austria 2Bermuda 1Brazil 6Canada 18China Read More ›

Mysterious Modern Man

The provenance of “Modern Man and His Categories of Thought” is as peculiar as its weak sentences and illogical content. Walter Hooper published it in 1986 without one word about where he got it. In two 1991 letters Jerry Daniel, an ordained Disciples minister who was then editor of the Bulletin of the New York C. S. Lewis Society, told Read More ›

“Anguish Over Unpaid Bills” What Would Lewis Think?

Stanley Mattson’s C. S. Lewis Foundation has some truly elegant prospectus packets (videotape and audiotape included) for wealthy prospective donors and has been known to send them by overnight mail. In contrast, his 9 July 1999 mass mailing was apparently designed to appeal to his least affluent and sophisticated donors. It has a relatively modest format, lacking the high-quality paper, Read More ›

Lamb’s Players Theatre: Till we Have Faces Drama

Till We Have Faces received an overwhelming response as a workshop production at the 1998 C. S. Lewis Centennial Celebration in Cambridge. That encouraged Lamb’s Players to mount it as a full production in its 1999 season, from 13 August to 19 September. The stage adaptation used a cast of 12 and a vivid and physical theatricality to bring the Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 82, Autumn 1999 From the Mailbag

When I first read Screwtape Letters, I was studying sociology in graduate school. But something was missing. I knew something was missing, but I didn’t know what it was. Then I read Screwtape, and bingo, here was more understanding of what it means to be human in one slim volume than in all the great sociological tomes I had been Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Rigoberta

According to the April 1999 issue of World Press Review, the Guatemalan Quice Indian who won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 had fabricated the events in her 1983 book I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala. Menchu’s coauthor, a Venezuelan anthropologist named Elisabeth Burgos, says she realized by 1990 that much of the story was fabricated. (For example, Read More ›

Typical E-mail Hoax about a Telephone Scam

The following hoax fools many people. “I received a telephone call today from an individual identifying himself as an AT&T Service Technician who was conducting a test on our telephone lines. He stated that to complete the test I should touch nine (9), zero (0), the pound sign (#) and then hang up. Luckily, I was suspicious and refused. Upon Read More ›

In the Footsteps of Amazon.com

I am fond of looking up novels on amazon.com and reading random reviews ,but I must say, that kind of anonymous forum is a real breeding ground for mini-hoaxes. Peter Brooks, one of my professors at Yale, recently wrote a novel. Out of curiosity I checked the reviews, and the headings of two of them contained the names of people Read More ›

The Lewis Legacy-Issue 82, Autumn 1999 News and Views

There are now three plaques in Ireland commemorating Lewis. The first two are in Belfast at his birthplace, Dundela Villas, and at the house in which he grew up, Little Lea. The third was unveiled in May in the park Lewis enjoyed outside the Town Hall of Bangor, on a hill commanding a magnificent view of the mouth of Belfast Read More ›