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October 19 The Song of Rig (and various Norse Tales) – the lost art of Form

I like folk tales and have never really out-grown fairy tales. I’ll admit I’m a sucker for a good grown-up retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. (Ever seen Angela Carter’s bizarre 1980 film A Company of Wolves where the wolf … Continue reading

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October 8th Ray Bradbury “The Man Upstairs” – the art of metaphor and subtext

It’s always a treat to delve into any of Ray Bradbury’s work. It’s imaginative, evocative and very literary. It’s easy to tell the diehard readers from the casual observers: the diehards read Bradbury and LOVE it. And get it. I’ve … Continue reading

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September 24 Aisha Tyler: Self Inflicted Wounds – and a little bit C. Robert Cargill

I think I might be getting a little picky as I get older, but I found another book I just couldn’t keep reading. C. Robert Cargill’s Dreams and Shadows is an imaginative book with all sorts of magical creatures which … Continue reading

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September 10 Mark Tompkins – the Last Days of Magic

I started reading the Last Days of Magic by Mark Tompkins because I wanted to read a fantasy story that circled around Irish Celtic folklore, but the blurb on the back is a little misleading. I read it and thought … Continue reading

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September 4th: David Mitchell Number9Dream

First off, I love, love, love David Mitchell. Well, his work, I mean. I don’t know the guy. He takes a fairly unknown – or rather well forgotten – song by John Lennon (he did write a couple extra songs … Continue reading

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5/7/17 Russell – Magical Thinking Made Flesh or the Power of Allegory

In the short story “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” Karen Russell doesn’t bother with explanations of why things are the way they are. The girls are raised by people who are both wolf and human. Sometimes they … Continue reading

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4/30/17 Packer – perspectives on social justice

I’m taking the English creative writing course where we read a lot of stories and make comments on them and the try to write in their style. ZZ Packer’s “Brownies”, one of the first we’ve read, is set in a … Continue reading

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