I am utterly overwhelmed, and I can’t wait to share a few drinks with Lorrie at Leaky Orlando 2020, because yes, I will be there.
Masterful: Severus Snape, A Jar of Cockroaches, and Me by Logospilgrim, published January 28, 2020. Order from Lulu.com, $18.50. Also available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Stories change according to who’s doing the reading.
The character of Snape is certainly not for everybody. Is he irredeemable? Brave? Irrelevant? A source of strength?
As Logospilgrim says in her new book, Masterful, “Those who approach him will interpret his story based on how they’re writing and interpreting their own story.”
Logospilgrim is not trying to persuade anybody to see Snape differently. In this searing meditation, she is only demonstrating how this process worked for her: how recognizing the self in a fictional character can anchor people through traumatic upheavals. As Logospilgrim notes, Snape was able to leave behind his father, who shouted at his mother, as well as fight the influence of a later father figure, Voldemort, who killed…
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