Monday, February 24, 2020

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 Personality of Phantasy – By Kenny Chumbley

              My qualifications for writing about fantasy literature/fairy tales are slight. As a child, I wore out the Whitman...

Old Iron – By Peter Barrett

  The routine was always the same. Winters, usually; summers occasionally. The search for a new car always occurred in the extremes of each season. Dad,...

The Stories We Tell Ourselves: A Look Through the Lenses of Zen Buddhism and...

  In his poem Can Palat W.S. Merwin reminisces about an abandoned, hillside farmstead he encountered as a young man. On a terrace he finds an...

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...

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...

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Lord of Fantasy

  By Kenny Chumbley In October 1936, a manuscript for a children’s book arrived at the office of the London publisher Allen & Unwin. Stanley Unwin,...

It’s Diwali…Kali Puja…Deepavali…Let’s Celebrate! By Mitali Chakravarty

  When I was a child - way back in the 1970s - I was entranced by festivities on Diwali. On one hand, there were...

I’ve Come to the End – By Kenny Chumbley

  With this essay, I conclude my series on fairy tales. I’ve not discussed everyone I could have (E. Nesbit and P. L. Travers, for...

The Cloak of Invisibility – By Dustin Pickering

  Poets often reflect that poetry emerges from the character of the poet.  As Americans are awash in the forces of contemporary life, there is...

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