Monthly Archives: May 2016

Good Gods and Bad Gods

I don’t think people typically worship gods they think of as evil. That’s not to say it doesn’t happen, just that it doesn’t seem to be the basis of any major religion. What does happen is that societies will demonize … Continue reading

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She’s a Hair Hopper, That’s What She Is

The 1988 film Hairspray was John Waters’ most mainstream film, and the first to receive a PG rating. It lacks the blatantly shocking humor and much of the cynical viewpoint of his earlier movies, and instead is a quite positive … Continue reading

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Peri the Wind High, Low

I had heard of peris as basically Persian fairies, which is more or less true, but there’s a little more to it than that. In Persian mythology, including but apparently not limited to Zoroastrian beliefs, the peris seem to have … Continue reading

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Mean Old Mario

This Cracked article repeats a story I’ve heard elsewhere, about how Donkey Kong kidnapped Mario’s girlfriend because the plumber abused him. It credits “the manual” for this information, but it doesn’t say which one (the game was ported to a … Continue reading

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From Olympus to Oz

As a fan of both the Oz books and classical mythology, I have an interest in works that combine the two. Such stories are often controversial, though, both for religious reasons and because crossovers always bring in a lot of … Continue reading

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The Dragon and the Maiden

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, by Patricia Wrede – This is a series of four books: Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons. The last was actually the first written, but after Wrede was convinced … Continue reading

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Strange Women Lying in Ponds Distributing Swords

While the Lady of the Lake is an important figure in the Arthurian mythos, there doesn’t appear to be much agreement about various aspects of the character, including her name and how many of her there actually were. At various … Continue reading

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