The Eight Memes of the Postmodern Mystery – By Ted Gioia

  What do postmodern writers have against the mystery novel?  For reasons that perhaps only a Lacan or Derrida could deconstruct, they have turned to it again...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

On Dubbing – Jorge Luis Borges

Art’s possibilities for combination are not infinite, but they tend to be appalling. The Greeks begot the chimera, monster with the head of a...

Lewis Carroll and Nonsense – By Kenny Chumbley

                       “It sounds uncommon nonsense.” The Mock Turtle      Among the storied authors of children’s...

Charles Kingsley : “Tomfoolery with a Serious Purpose”

  By Kenny Chumbley   No one familiar with Victorian literature would rate Charles Kingsley’s books among the very best except, maybe, his children’s fantasy, The Water-Babies. Charles Kingsley...

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