Posted in November 2012

On the Power of Witch Women

“a Witch is born out of the true hungers of her time (…) I am a child of the poisonous wind that copulated with the River on an oil-slick, garbage infested midnight. I turn about on my own parentage. I inoculate against those very biles that brought me to light. I am a serum born … Continue reading

Food & Fairy Tales!

Food & Fairy Tales!

The Brothers Grimm are all over the news these days thanks to the 200th anniversary of the first publication of their Kinder- und Hausmärchen in 1812. I wanted to post a link to this great article from NPR’s food blog The Salt about the horrors and delights of food in the Brothers Grimm. Fairy tale … Continue reading

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass was an all-encompassing tale of mystery, intrigue, fantasy, romance and action. It was a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading, feeling at once comfortingly familiar (her characters and world building were just so darn likable), new, and enticing. I became acquainted with Maas’ fiery heroine, Celaena Sardothien with the fantastic … Continue reading

Edward Gorey: Artist of Contradictions

Edward Gorey: Artist of Contradictions

Continuing with the theme of artists who defy typical boundaries of category and genre, I wanted to mention one of my all-time favorite controversial artist/authors, the ever-enigmatic Edward Gorey. Three new editions of Gorey’s books were released this fall by Pomegrante press: “Thoughtful Alphabets: The Just Dessert & the Deadly Blotter” and “The Osbick Bird.” … Continue reading

Marina Warner on Angela Carter

Marina Warner on Angela Carter

If you are a fan of Angela Carter, or simply a lover of fairy tales, then you should go right now and read this beautiful essay on Angela Carter, written by Marina Warner for The Paris Review. Warner gets right to the heart of what is so magical about Angela Carter’s writing. In the following … Continue reading