Category Archives: Themes

Notes on “Magnum Opus” Part 2

The Charles-Williams-themed two-episode story of Inspector Lewis will air in the US this Sunday, so I’m blogging about it in some detail. Here’s yesterday’s post. Now, onward! Yesterday, I ended with a quote about how the Way of Exchange is … Continue reading

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Notes on “Magnum Opus” Part 1

I was delighted and honored to have this blog appear in a two-episode story on the British detective show Inspector Lewis last fall. I love Lewis, and I hope I can get my hands on all the seasons; I’ve only … Continue reading

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An Introduction to “Taliessin through Logres”

An Introduction to Taliessin through Logres This post is meant especially for those of you who have never read Charles Williams’s Taliessin through Logres, who have tried to read it but given up, or who have read it but felt … Continue reading

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Charles Williams’s Multiverse

I’m re-reading (or at least skimming through) CW’s early volumes of poetry in preparation for my keynote speech at the Taylor Colloquium in about a month. I’m struck anew by how powerful some of these early poems are, once the … Continue reading

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On Ambiguous Villains: RIP Alan Rickman

There are quite a few surprising comparisons that can be drawn between the serious, obscure, adult literary works of Charles Williams and the delightful Harry Potter series. First, there is the matter of the Grail Hallows and the Deathly Hallows … Continue reading

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Charles Williams was drunk-texting on Christmas

Apparently, if you believe @Oddest_Inkling, Charles Williams and C. S. Lewis went on a road trip on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. In case you missed it, here’s what CW tweeted out (plus a few interjections from his followers). Road … Continue reading

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Charles Williams and Doctor Who, part 4: True Myth

Check out part 1: The Nature of Time And part 2: Cabbalistic beliefs about words And part 3: Coinherence and Exchange I hope you’re all set to enjoy the opening of Doctor Who season 9 this evening! Here are my thoughts on the … Continue reading

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Charles Williams and Doctor Who, part 3: Coinherence and Exchange

Check out Part 1: The Nature of Time, and Part 2: Cabbalistic beliefs about words. Countdown to Doctor Who Season 9! One day to go! Today, let’s talk about what I think is the second-most important theme in Doctor Who and probably … Continue reading

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Charles Williams and Doctor Who, part 2: Cabbalistic beliefs about words

Countdown to Doctor Who Season 9! Two days to go! Yesterday I wrote about The Nature of Time. Today, let’s talk about WORDS. Words of power. Magic words. In the Harry Potter universe, speaking the right words (even inaudibly) has magical … Continue reading

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Charles Williams and Doctor Who, part 1: The Nature of Time

Doctor Who is returning! Season 9 opens this Saturday, September 19th, with the Twelfth Doctor and Clara in their continuing wild adventures. So what do the Doctor and the Third Inkling have in common? Not just that CW’s friend C.S. … Continue reading

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