Hi, I’m Lane William Brown, geek, overthinker and aspiring author. I write reviews, but not of the usual sort. Instead of telling you what I enjoyed and what you should go read or see, I talk about the ideas in stories, and leave it up to you whether you want to see them for yourself or not.
I’ve also branched out into talking about politics and social justice. Previously, I posted these kinds of thoughts on the blog I shared with my sister, Ginny Brown, but we’ve both found it easier to focus on our own projects of late. You should check out her work on Everyday Feminism.
I was homeschooled in a very conservative Christian household, where Christian media predominated and many secular works were outright banned. My parents assumed that reading the wrong books and watching the wrong movies would take me to hell. Despite this censorship, I ended up a liberal gay transgender agnostic (formerly atheist), which is as far from what my parents wanted as possible. No, we aren’t on the best of terms, though things are improving slowly. Still, I think they were right about one thing; the stories I consumed shaped who I was. C. S. Lewis’ love of rationality made me a skeptic, while Veggie Tales gave me a lot of moral values that I still hold as an atheist. As I grew older, I became dissatisfied with my life and began reading banned books to look for more answers, and those books, too, helped make me who I am.
One of my favorite projects is the Reviews as an Agnostic series. I go back to the stories I loved as a child, and the ones I was permitted when Harry Potter and Pokemon were banned, to examine what I learned from them. I also review some of the stories that I was not allowed to consume. It’s a time to sift through what I think was right, what I think was wrong, and what is simply not for me anymore. It’s a place to retrace my steps out of that prison of censorship and extremism. I try to tread a line between respect towards those who disagree with me and blunt honesty about my own ideas, so hopefully those from secular and religious backgrounds will find something of interest here.
Thanks for reading, please leave your own thoughts and enjoy!