UPDATE: VIDEO NOW AT BOTTOM OF POST
This evening I am giving a presentation on triangulating God, but if you're here now, I assume it's because that's where you're coming from.
So, leaving niceties aside, let's get to those links you're here for.
Clicking on that black square will take you to the Oakland Stake's YouTube page. When my presentation is actually up and available, I'll add it to the bottom of this post. The audio may also appear as a special episode of Face in Hat. If so, that last sentence is now a link. (Or just check your favorite podcast source.)
These links are roughly in the order in which I presented them, but not exactly. For instance, links to Etsy or the Church's international art competition or books are clumped together. I've also included some works I wanted to include but just could not. I crammed a hundred and fifty things into a subhour presentation, but even speedtalking Theric has his limits.
In other words, the order here is by category and the categories are ordered, sort of, by how they appeared in the presentation.
I should also note that some things are not included here. There are several reasons why this may be. The original source has proven difficult to track down; it's something obvious (eg, the Articles of Faith, an album cover); I failed to keep track of where it came from; basic human failure. I preemptively apologize for all such errors now.
Joseph Smith's versions of the First Vision
The Joseph Smith Papers have them all
Although I didn't use this page, the BYU library has a nice summation of this history
"The Earliest Documented Accounts of Joseph Smith’s First Vision" by Dean C. Jessee (the source I most relied on)
Orson Pratt's use of "first vision" in General Conference
Methodist conversion stories
"Joseph Smith’s First Vision and Methodist Conversion Narratives" by Christopher Jones
"'Effusions of an Enthusiastic Brain': Joseph Smith’s First Vision and the Limits of Experiential Religion" by Jeremy Talmage
More on the Vision and Orson Pratt
Random things from the first half
Images of Palmyra churches
Images of the Bay at night
Images yanked off Wikipedia: 1, 2, 3, 4
Image of Eliza R. Snow
The first important piece of First Vision scholarship (now somewhat outdated)
"The Significance of Joseph Smith's 'First Vision' in Mormon Thought" by James B. Allen (update: just found a version of it in the Improvement Era!)
I took a class from Milt Backman once. Although I didn't use these, I still recommended:
His full book, the first booklength treatment of the different versions
His version for the laity
Steven C. Harper's thinking informed me quite a bit
"10 questions with Steven C. Harper"
His book: Amazon, Bookshop
(note that some of the links in this post that lead to commercial outlets may offer me a kickback)
BYU Studies just did a full issue on the First Vision; if they had released it a month earlier, they could have saved me a lot of time---Sweat's article gets into more detail to many of my ideas
"Visualizing the Vision: The History and Future of First Vision Art" by Anthony Sweat
"Raising the Stakes: How Joseph Smith’s First Vision Became All or Nothing" by Steven C. Harper
"The First Vision as a Prehistory of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" by Kathleen Flake
Emma Lou Thayne
Bruce W. Jorgensen
Darlene Young: Amazon, Bookshop
Eliza R. Snow: (a friend directed me to this poem via a recent collection, but I screenshot it here---which collection I just discovered is available in the Deseret Alphabet!)
"Rendering the Ineffable Effable: Treating Joseph Smith's First Vision in Imaginative Literature" by Richard H. Cracroft
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Noah Van Sciver
Brandon Flowers (slash The Killers)
"My Own Soul's Warning" (lyrics video)
Imploding the Mirage album (forthcoming) on Amazon, iTunes
"Only The Young" (official video)
Flamingo album on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, Genius
While we're at it, here's that video with Charlize Theron.
"Tregan's Mettle" by Jack Harrell
under its original title
A Sense of Order: Amazon, Bookshop, my review
And two more short stories I fully intended to cram in but did not
Thom Duncan's "The Glowing"
Gabriel González Núñez's "Documentary Appendix 1"
First known image
First image published by the Church
A lower-res but wider shot of Joseph F. Smith in the Grove than the one I used
"15 Beautiful Images of the First Vision"
from the Church
from Church History
The International Art Competition: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Gary Ernest Smith
Casey Jex Smith
Jorge Cocco Santángelo
Alliance of Covenant Artists
Stained glass: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Etsy (assmuming I didn't miss any and knowing there are some here I did not use): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Commercial cites focused on sales of reproductions: 1, 2, 3
Commercial cite focused on originals (all the ones I used are sold): 1
Allll the Ben Crowder First Visions of which I only shared three
Information and images on Lane Twitchell
Parallel Lines of Second Sight (Beginnings, Visions, Translations, and the State of Union)
"Landscape and the American West" by Cherie K. Woodworth
First Visions: preview, purchase
Other stuff from Arch-HIVE that didn't make the final cut:
"The Vision" by Gnome Chompsky (short story), "An Unusual Boy" by Jared Cook (short story), "Would God That All the Lord’s People Were Prophets" by The One Who Hies (essay)
A Sense of Order (story collection): Amazon, Bookshop, my review
Seventh Son (novel): Amazon, Bookshop
Witchy Eye (novel): Amazon, Bookshop, my review
The Backslider (novel): Amazon, Bookshop, my review
The First Vision (piture book): Amazon
A Day Like No Other (photography collection): Amazon
A Pillar of Light (comic book): Amazon, my review
First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins (scholarship): Amazon, Bookshop
Heavenly Mother books: Dove Song (a/b), Mother's Milk (a), The Tree at the Center (a/b)
John Moeller's First Vision (soundscape)
Incidentally, I almost went with this music for the closing act instead
More on Wilum H. Pugmire
I also had a folder of straight up kitsch, none of which made the final presentation
And that's it! Or, anyway, it's all you're getting!
Thanks for coming!
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