The contents for the new issue of Mythlore (Volume 27, Issue 3/4, Spring/Summer 2009, whole #105/106 — phew!) have been announced. One essay jumped right out at me, especially in the light of my WOTD yesterday, hortus conclusus — “‘A Far Green Country’: Tolkien, Paradise, and the End of All Things in Medieval Literature”, by A. Keith Kelly and Michael Livingstone. That should be good, judging by the title! Also in the issue, an essay by Joe Christopher on C.S. Lewis’s first collection of poetry, Spirits in Bondage, which (the collection, not the essay) I read just recently.
I have two book reviews in this issue. These are Myth and Magic: Art According to the Inklings, edited by Eduardo Segura and Thomas Honegger (Walking Tree, 2007); and Arda Recon-structed: The Creation of the Published Silmarillion, by Douglas Charles Kane (Lehigh University Press, 2009). Both of these are substantial reviews, each in the neighborhood of 3,000 words (one slightly more, one slightly less). As always, I welcome any feedback on them — they should be online in a couple of weeks. (Don’t worry; I’ll remind you. ;)
In other news, I’ve just sent off my proposal for Mythcon 40 in Los Angeles. I had been trying to decide between three different ideas, even considering presenting more than one paper (as I always try talking myself into; somebody slap me) — when I came to my senses and realized the deadline was rapidly approaching. For any of you who might be thinking of sending in an abstract, that’s April 15. I hope to see you there.