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Hairy Tales

Ever since I first read The Bloody Chamber (1979), Angela Carter’s influential collection of repurposed fairytales, I’ve been alert to the genre’s potential for subversion. Those old tales that had most deeply impressed a much younger me transmit grim messages … Continue reading

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Show & Tell: the best of both worlds

‘I was not the first one to find the book. There were notes in the margins…’ So begins ¶2 of Jeanette Winterson’s Art & Lies (1994). And this opening gambit amused me more because it applied to the book before me. … Continue reading

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Not a book review, cont’d: more thoughts on Barbara Hand Clow’s The Mayan Code and the need for order and meaning…

Two posts back I ran out of time to pursue my line of thought through to a conclusion (assuming that one will be forthcoming). Is this a sign that time is speeding up? Or is my brain slowing down? This … Continue reading

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How Not to Write a Pop Astrology Column

The Czech author Milan Kundera once wrote a pseudonymous astrology column. Black-listed after the Russians invaded his country in 1968, he’d been reduced to casting horoscopes to survive. So, while questioning its use as a predictive tool, Kundera writes with … Continue reading

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