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BRAVE: Movie Review

BRAVE: Movie Review

I had long been anticipating BRAVE, ever since my husband visited Pixar several years ago and came home with the rumors that his friend there was working on a top secret project of the same name featuring a female lead character (!!). Even with such little information, my curiosity was peaked. Could it be that … Continue reading

On Writing…

“Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, let us trace the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness. Let us not take it for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought … Continue reading

On Illuminating Books…

“We don’t want to feel less when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us. We don’t want to close a book with a sense that life is totally unfair and that there is no light in the darkness; we want to feel that … Continue reading

On Oral Tradition…

“For most of human history, ‘literature,’ both fiction and poetry, has been narrated, not written — heard, not read. So fairy tales, folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labor created our world.” – Angela … Continue reading

Once Upon a Time by Jane Yolen

Once Upon a Time by Jane Yolen “Once upon a time,” she said, and the world began anew: a vee of geese flew by, plums roasting in their breasts; a vacant-eyed princess sat upon a hillock of glass; a hut strolled through a tangled wood, the nails on its chickenfeet blackened and hard as coal; … Continue reading

On the Anonymous Woman…

“When one reads of a witch being dunked, of a woman possessed by devils, of a wise woman selling herbs, or even of a very remarkable man who had a mother, then I think we are on the track of a lost novelist, a suppressed poet, of some mute and inglorious Jane Austen, some Emily … Continue reading