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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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10 Responses

  1. Bob Cheeks says:

    E.D., This was a real good one!Report

  2. Dan Summers says:

    You and I have similar tastes in books, Mr. Kain. I think the ethically and morally salubrious aspects of fantasy writing are often overlooked, and it’s always heartening to see that someone else has experienced the classics of the genre with the same effect and affection.

    You might find Lewis’s own writing on the topic interesting, if you’re not already familiar with it:

  3. Will says:

    Shout-outs for George R. R. Martin but no love for Rosemary Sutcliff? Wtf?Report

  4. E.D. Kain says:

    Thanks, Dan. I’ll check it out.

    Will – I regret to say I have not read Ms. Sutcliff. I take it that I should?Report

  5. Will says:

    Sword at Sunset was quite good – presaged all the bad Arthurian reimaginings we’ve been plagued with.Report

  6. susanne says:

    I loved these same books growing up. This was such great post, especially the part about wanting a world of knights and dragons. And talking beasts, like in Narnia! But seriously, I do think that, along with other input, these books taught me what it is to be a decent person.Report

  7. susanne says:

    Just so I don’t appear to be too strange: for me, it is 4:10 in the afternoon. But I am not in the States, so I’m not sure which time zone your blog is assigning me and saying that I’m posting this at one in the morning – maybe Pacific time?Report

  8. Kyle R. Cupp says:

    Any thoughts on why you prefer fiction to philosophy?

    I’m not sure which of the two has influenced me more. When I think of influential authors, both fiction writers (Tolkien, O’Connor, Mark Helprin) and philosophers come to mind. I can say that no philosopher has ever brought tears to my eyes.Report

  9. Bob says:

    Nice post, reveals a source of your world view.

    This relates only in as much as he writes fiction – John Barth. But then Giles Goat-Boy and Sot-Weed Factor could fit into a broadly defined fantasy catagory.

    And I”m with susanne, what’s up with those time-stamps?Report