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Reading: Informing the Inklings: George MacDonald and the Victorian Roots of Modern Fantasy (2018) a collection of essays, in particular “Genre Problems: Andrew Lang and J.R.R. Tolkien on (Fairy) Stories and (Literary) Belief” by Sharin Schoeder. Writing: “Princess Nobody and the Stranger,” another spin on a very old story line. Thinking I cannot believe I …

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1/14/23 Open Thread | Reading, Writing, Thinking

Reading. Started the paper, “Educating Milton: Paradise Lost, Accommodation, and The Story of Paradise Lost, for Children” by Jonathan Sircy (Milton Quarterly, Vol. 45, No. 3, 2011) because I have The Story of Paradise Lost, for Children. Paused because I need to finish the book before I start reading the critique. Looks interesting though. Writing. A …

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New Year Open Thread

What’s everyone starting off the New Year reading, writing, and thinking about? I have six books on my desk that I am apparently reading. The most interesting one is Italian Folktales Selected and Retold by Italo Calvino (1956). It’s a whopper coming in at 700+ pages. The Introduction is excellent, IMHO. Recounts a lot of …

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The Weekend Open Thread | Reading? Writing? Thinking?

Reading: I am just starting The Story of Paradise Lost for Children (Eliza Weaver Bradburn, 1830). My copy is an incredibly poorly digitized reprint published by Sagan Press. The back blurb spit out the “The work has been selected by scholars… part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.” Why scholars? I …

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