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Autumn Foraging by Elsa Beskow

Autumn Foraging by Elsa Beskow

One of my favorite children’s books is Elsa Beskow’s Children of the Forest. I love how it tells the stories of this little woodland family through the seasons, particularly the autumnal scenes of foraging for mushrooms on the forest floor. It makes me want to grab a basket, a book, and a thermos of tea … Continue reading

Red Riding Hood by Nicole Gustafsson

Red Riding Hood by Nicole Gustafsson

I love how this depiction of Red Riding Hood shows her wielding a knife, perched up in the branches of a tree where she’s defending herself against the wolves below. She reminds me of Katniss Everdeen in this pose, ready to take on whatever is thrown her way. A fairy tale heroine with agency: I’d like … Continue reading

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

There’s a a spectacularly eerie song, called “Danse Macabre” composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, that is woven through the narrative of Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season. You should definitely listen to it if you’re thinking about reading this book. It’s fevered, emotional, dark, at times frenzied, rich and innovative; a tone poem set for orchestra that is … Continue reading

On Female Characters…

“Female characters should be people. Flawed, glorious, interesting, enthralling people. Let them dye their hair and pierce their ears without going “wah wah wah I’m so bad at being a girl wait hey look suddenly I’ve gotten a makeover and I’m gorgeous.” Let them have female friends. Let them fuck up. Let them have bad days, and … Continue reading

Tea & Book Pairing: White Peony with Venom

Tea & Book Pairing: White Peony with Venom

At first glance, white tea appears soft and delicate, and one doesn’t expect any surprises from this subtle blend. However, once brewed the White Peony tea takes on another character entirely, as if its true strength is only emboldened when tested with hot water. It gives off a floral aroma, but a rich taste of … Continue reading

Dream and Awake by Agnes Thor

Dream and Awake by Agnes Thor

I spent all of last week reading beside a beautifully serene lake, watching thunderheads make their slow climb over the surrounding hillsides, and this image reminds me of the creative energy that I gathered there.