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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

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

The Black Art by Anne Sexton

THE BLACK ART by Anne Sexton A woman who writes feels too much, those trances and portents! As if cycles and children and islands weren’t enough; as if mourners and gossips and vegetables were never enough. She thinks she can warn the stars. A writer is essentially a spy. Dear love, I am that girl. … Continue reading

Daniel Handler on Lemony Snicket

Although I may have complicated feelings about A Series of Unfortunate Events (yes, I did read ALL thirteen books, yes, I do regret doing so), there’s still a lot to admire in the series’ creator, Daniel Handler, foremost being his scintillating wit. I thought you might enjoy this video interview he did with Publisher’s Weekly. … Continue reading

The Sword and the Stone by Alan Lee

The Sword and the Stone by Alan Lee

I took this image from Terri Windling’s gorgeous blog. Her posts are an endless source of inspiration for me so I thought I would share one of them here. A few days ago she did a post on T.H. White, one of my all-time favorite authors. There are some lovely quotes about his life and … Continue reading

The Making of Witches by Paul McQuade

The Making of Witches by Paul McQuade We started out as little girls — butter-fingered milkmaids with eyes of fashioned glass, dresses our fathers bought and our mothers mended, their fingers wearing to the bone on loom-needles and the endless turn of the wheel. At fourteen our mothers took us aside while our fathers whittled … Continue reading