Adam and Eve’s undiscovered country

For all that has been said about Milton creating a relatively sympathetic Satan in "Paradise Lost," there is no question that Satan becomes less sympathetic as the poem progresses. In short, we have less sympathy for him as we get to know him. His lies become more transparent, for one thing. And he does his … Continue reading Adam and Eve’s undiscovered country

Satan in Milton’s telescope

As an amateur astronomer, I took special pleasure in all the astronomical imagery in Milton's "Paradise Lost". Milton depicts Satan exploring the vastness and boundaries of three immense worlds: Hell, Chaos, and the created universe that contains our Earth. At one point he has Satan landing on the surface on the Sun, which is such … Continue reading Satan in Milton’s telescope

LOTR and Paradise Lost

I've finished "Paradise Lost," and I thought it would be fun to list all the passages that made me think of Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings." Many things in "Paradise Lost" made me think of Middle-Earth, some because of their resemblance to Tolkien's creations, others because there was only a superficial similarity and strong differences. … Continue reading LOTR and Paradise Lost

Star Trek II: The Wrath of the Well-Read Villain

My kids have not grown up on "Star Trek", and until recently they knew nothing about it beyond Spock's ears, a captain named Kirk, and maybe a ship named Enterprise. For our regular movie night I recently picked "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." I didn't tell the kids what I was going to … Continue reading Star Trek II: The Wrath of the Well-Read Villain