2 responses to “Bloopers#!&*”

  1. Amanda MacNaughton

    Nice article, Brad, and very amusing. I’ll try to watch the videos when I get a chance (when I’m not at work)! Reading out loud has always been a big tradition in my family. Our parents read to us kids, and then when we got older, we read to them. Brian and I read to each other for amusement. (When you don’t have a TV, you have to do something!) I agree with you about how good writing is sometimes harder to read out loud. One of my favorite stories about how reading words aloud makes you notice different things: While watching a video from the cowboy poetry gathering in Elko, Nevada and listening to the poets read, it occurred to me that Tolkien’s poem “Lament for the Rohirrim” in “The Two Towers” scans very like a cowboy poem. If you read it out loud, you’ll notice that the rhythm, the sense of loss and wistfulness, and even the topic could fit right in at a cowboy poetry reading. One would never get that on a silent reading of his poem and some cowboy poets!

  2. Brad Craft

    And now, Amanda, I can not help but picture The Inklings Out West! Ride ’em, Tolkien! Thanks for this!

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