Fisticuff Wednesday: Blows and Blood Over Tolkien and C. S. Lewis

H ave you ever gone violent over a book? I mean fisticuffing a person for doing anything from shitting on your favorite author to showering undeserved praise on an author you think little of. In Ann Arbor Michigan, two men fought over a disagreement having to do with J. R.R. Tolkien of Lord of the Ring fame and C.S. Lewis who wrote the Chronicles of Narnia and The Screwtape Letters.  Someone was struck in the face.  A left ear was cut. The wounded man was taken to the hospital and is now okay. Not much damage was done. But seriously? Fighting over books?  Read the story here. A Guardian UK blogger gives his rather funny two cents. Here.

What dire suggestion tipped the discussion into violence? Was it a misquote? Did one of them suggest that Aslan could easily duff up Gandalf? Did the other venture the opinion that – perish the thought – CS Lewis becomes incredibly boring as soon as he starts banging on about Christ? –Sam Jordison. Read More

Meanwhile, how cool is this! Muhammad Ali takes a strike at American novelist, Norman Mailer 


Photograph: Dave Allocca/AP (From Guardian UK)

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