Thursday, October 1, 2020

H. Rider Haggard: Northern Lights and Valkyries

  By Kenny Chumbley   Before Indiana Jones, there was Allan Quatermain; before The Last Jedi, there was King Solomon’s Mines;and before the 1958 swashbuckler, The Vikings,...

The Long Weeping – By Jessie van Eerden ( An excerpt )

                   ( The Long Weeping - In this collection of portraits, the eye is the vital “lamp of the body,” a spiritual organ...

Money-Changers in the Temple: Evil Bankers in Literature and Film – By Tim Wenzell

  “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies” –Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Taylor, May 28,...

Looking beyond the Raj era literary narratives – By Mitali Chakravarty

  A re-appraisal of the colonial era literary constructs is very much the need of the hour in all cultures that endured stereotyping under long...

Beginning and the end of the Novel – By Milorad Pavić

Borges was eager to see the faces of his first hundred readers. My eagerness is different. Are we all standing before a challenge to...

Notes on Conceptual Fiction – By Ted Gioia

1. Is it possible that the idea of "realism" as a guiding principle for fiction is itself unrealistic?  After all, there are no Newtonian laws in stories—an...

L. Frank Baum and the Wonder of Oz

  By Kenny Chumbley   He saw his story as a “modernized fairy tale,” but he put no fairies in it. He meant it to be without...

When Earth and Sky Intermingle : Science and Poetry – By Michael G. Smith

Poetry has never revealed its full face to anyone. Its beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. It defies any attempt at a...

The Rise of the Cli-Fi Literary Genre – By Danny Bloom

As the 20th century began to morph into the 21st century in the late 1990s, the global landscape of cultural production started to teem...

The Formula for Fantasy – By Kenny Chumbley

  All fairy tales are fantasy, but not all fantasies are fairy tales. Fairy tales require fairy folk (elves, gnomes, etc.). The Three Little Pigs...

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