On the fiftieth anniversary of J.R.R. Tolkien’s death

Grave with flowers growing and placed on it with some other items. Inscription reads, below a simple cross, crux quadrata: “Edith Mary Tolkien Luthien 1889 - 1971 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Beren 1892 - 1973”

☩ Edith Mary Tolkien Luthien 1889 – 1971 John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Beren 1892 – 1973 On my last visit to Oxford, England, in March of last year, I finally took the long walk out Banbury Road to Wolvercote Cemetery to see the final resting place of J.R.R. Tolkien, who died at age 81 on … Read more

“Single in Chicago,” stripped of “90 percent of the words while distilling the story’s meaning.”

“Single in Chicago,” stripped of “90 percent of the words while distilling the story’s meaning.” “Sin gle in Ch i ca go” is an erasure poem the Reader’s Asher Klein made out of Stephanie Rosenbloom’s New York Times travel piece, “Single in Chicago.” Updated August 30, 2023: The link now points to the November 2012 … Read more