[Essay] The myth of the good villain

Many people nowadays misunderstand the role of villains in stories. This misunderstanding has ruined a sad number of good stories, so I call upon my fellow-storytellers, and our audiences, to correct it. The storytellers, by creating villains and heroes differently; and the audiences, by being alert and holding us to account. Whether their creators realize … Continue reading [Essay] The myth of the good villain

[Fábula de Esopo] O viajante e o leão [Aesop’s fable] The Traveller and the Lion

Click for the English text Em seis linhas, Esopo nos mostra como quem domina os meios de comunicação muitas vezes reescreve a História. E vemos que cinco séculos antes de Cristo já existiam "fatos alternativos". Certa vez viajavam juntos um homem e um leão, discutindo qual dos dois era o mais forte. Ao fim da … Continue reading [Fábula de Esopo] O viajante e o leão [Aesop’s fable] The Traveller and the Lion

[Literary passage] Chess metaphors in The Cardinal

Let's delight in Henry Morton Robinson's deft use of chess figures of speech towards the end of this scene. The man was a master at simile and metaphor. Setup: Young Father Stephen Fermoyle has fallen in disgrace with the irascible Cardinal Glennon, who banished him to a remote, penniless parish as assistant to the ailing … Continue reading [Literary passage] Chess metaphors in The Cardinal