Archive for March 2007

Mortimus knocks ’em dead at The King’s School

March 14, 2007

The Troth

Hey, gang! Thanks for a great time! Remember, don’t be a chicken! I’ll be meeting with your teachers on March 20th to talk about using THE PURLOINED BOY in class. Let ’em know you want to read it in your class!


On Tolkien

March 13, 2007

The Troth

Like so many people THE HOBBIT was my first real brush with fantasy. I remember listening to my father read it aloud when I was about ten or so, and a few years later I sought the book out and was enthralled once again.

I’ve probably read THE HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS, oh, a dozen times since then. As I’ve matured and received an education, I’ve come to appreciate certain themes and concerns that occupied Tolkien.

One of those themes is the “graying of the world.” Tolkien believed that the golden years lay behind us and that good and evil are mingling; light and dark are merging into shades of gray.

Another narrative structure in Tolkien is the notion of leaving home and returning once again only to find one’s self homeless — too changed to ever be at home again in this world.

With THE PURLOINED BOY I tried to work with these themes a bit because I think Tolkien has told the truth but only partly. More can be said.

What if the golden years lay ahead and silver ones behind and one finds one’s self in a dark and merciless age? How would knowledge of such shape one’s outlook and where would such knowledge of a brighter tomorrow come from?

What if a person was homeless to start with, found a way to his true home, but only went back again to where he started because it would be heartless not to?

If you combined those notions into a single story — how would you tell it?

That was what I tried to do.


The Mansfield Middle School joins THE PURLOINED BOY Phenomenon!

March 12, 2007

The Troth
Mansfield Middle School in Mansfield, Connecticut, will begin reading THE PURLOINED BOY in April! Welcome to the revolution gang!

THE PURLOINED BOY goes to Veritas Academy on Cape Cod!

March 11, 2007

The Troth
THE PURLOINED BOY will be read by the 7th grade at Veritas Academy in Barnstable.


On Monsters Getting Along with Monsters

March 9, 2007

The Troth
Since evil is by nature (or should I say anti-nature) anti-social, how can monsters get along?

Monsters, I think, are loners. They’re not happy about it and for that reason they’re all the more monstrous. But in Superbia they’re working together. True, they’re doing it with a lot of rancor and nastiness (reminds me of some large companies I’ve worked for) but they’re doing it!

But how are they doing it?

Hey Cornerstone gang — or anybody else — do you have any thoughts on monsters? Cornerstone, you’ve met a few in THE PURLOINED BOY already. Do you like any of them? Can you like a monster?


Nathan Hale Middle School in Coventry — March 29th

March 8, 2007

The Troth

I’ll be at The Nathan Hale Middle School in Coventryto meet with teachers to discuss the book and talk about how the book could be used with students.

That got me thinking that perhaps teachers would like to share how they’re using the book in class with teachers from other schools. (Seven schools are signed up so far!) To the right there is a link to a page dedicated to just that. If you’re a teacher please click on it and share your ideas!


Morty visits The King’s School — March 14th

March 6, 2007

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I’ll be at The King’s School speaking to the student body in the morning and to teachers in the afternoon. It is yet to be determined whether the entire school will read THE PURLOINED BOY or only certain classes. The school houses the 5th thru the 12th grade. If you’d like to come and hear me I’ll be speaking at 8:30 a.m.! (Yikes!)