Lamp Post: August 21, 2014

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The original Narnian lamp post drawn by Pauline Baynes

The Lamp Post is a collection of recent news articles, opinion pieces or blog posts that I found interesting and worthy of attention. If you see something that you believe should be in The Lamp Post, tweet it to me at @WardrobeDoor with the hashtag #LampPost.


Hollywood Reporter: Jill Freud, Inspiration for Lucy in Narnia, Reveals C.S. Lewis Memories

The real life inspiration for Lucy Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia didn’t even realize it was her until she was almost 80. Now, she will be appearing in a movie about C.S. Lewis as the person who drops off her childhood self at The Kilns, Lewis’ home, during World War II.

How did you find out that you were the inspiration for the Lucy character in the “Narnia” books?

Douglas Gresham, Jack’s stepson, wrote me a letter. He needed answers to something or other and ended with, “I suppose you realize that you were the inspiration for Lucy?” I hadn’t known until then — perhaps 10 years ago. I was absolutely thrilled. It’s like being told you were the real Lady Macbeth!


Several reactions to Ferguson

CP&C: The Other Side of Ferguson: Local Churches Fighting Injustice

TGC: Why We Never “Wait For All the Facts” Before We Speak

NYT: The Conservative Divide Over Ferguson

CT: Feeling the Pain Despite the Facts


Nation: Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It?

If you want to know what concern trolling is, look no further than this Nation piece. There are some many absurd assumptions and disingenuous assertions, it is ridiculous – with the most important one being that tear gas is not an abortifacient.

Not to mention the fact that piece maintains pro-life advocates have been silent about Ferguson … except, you know, for the four I linked above and the scores of others who have voiced concern about the situation there.


Inc: 30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Bad

I don’t think the difference between farther and further is as hard and fast as this writer makes it out to be, but other than that, the list is extremely helpful. Even as a writer, it always takes me a minute to decide between affect and effect.

While I like to think I know a little about business writing, I often fall into a few word traps. For example, “who” and “whom.” I rarely use “whom” when I should. Even when spell check suggests “whom,” I think it sounds pretentious. So I don’t use it.

And I’m sure some people then think, “What a bozo.”

And that’s a problem, because just like that one misspelled word that gets a resumé tossed into the “nope” pile, using one wrong word can negatively impact your entire message.


Brain Pickings: The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors

While I’m a little disappointed Lewis, Tolkien, nor Orwell made the list, I take solace in the fact that one writer did vote The Screwtape Letters number one.

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