Janie B. Cheaney

Janie is a senior writer who contributes commentary to WORLD and oversees WORLD's annual Children's Book of the Year awards. She also writes novels for young adults and authored the Wordsmith creative writing curriculum. Janie resides in rural Missouri.

Extraordinarily common

| Christian novelists should do fantasy well
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 1/12/02, 12:00 am

I haven't (yet) read The Lord of the Rings, an admission that more than once has provoked an incredulous, "You haven't?" There go my literary pretensions-often it seems, even to me, that to be unfamiliar with the work regarded by many as the novel of the 20th century is unconscionable. Still, something about the project has made me put it off. Perhaps that something is no more than the number of pages, but the fact remains that my taste for fantasy is underdeveloped.

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Build big towers

| But we must never forget the real reason why
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 9/29/01, 12:00 am

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The real me

| Self-obsessed madness is becoming more and more extreme
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 5/19/01, 12:00 am

These days, anyone who says "nothing can shock me" is asking for it; a recent Atlantic Monthly article might test the shock meter of the most jaded world observer. "A New Way to Be Mad," by Carl Elliott, explores the world of "apotemnophilia," or the desire to have one's own limbs amputated. In most cases the pathology doesn't progress beyond an obsession with the idea of being an amputee, but some outwardly healthy individuals have actually followed through on it, via black-market providers, renegade surgeons, or homemade guillotines.

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