Monthly Archives: August 2016

Perfectly Petrified

Writing about the legend that Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos was turned into a marble statue and buried near the Golden Gate of Constantinople got me thinking of the mentions of such statues in the Oz books. For some reason, L. … Continue reading

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I Have Seen the Sleeping Knights of Jesus

As I mentioned in my review, Alan Garner’s Alderley Edge fantasies incorporate a local legend about sleeping knights. The story has it that a farmer from Mobberley set out to Macclesfield to sell a horse. An old man near the … Continue reading

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Sing for the President, Sing for the Terrorists, Sing

The Dresden Dolls reunited for what I believe were only two shows, and I saw the one at the Coney Island Amphitheater. It’s a new venue, and one of the people who did booking decided the Dolls needed to play … Continue reading

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Recent Reading

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen and The Moon of Gomrath, by Alan Garner – These two books take place in and around Alderley Edge in Cheshire, where Garner grew up. Twin children named Colin and Susan come to stay there, and … Continue reading

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I Really Didn’t Say Everything I Said

One topic that comes up fairly enough is that of quotations that everyone knows, but are wrong in some way. They might be misattributed, or they might be somewhat off. The other day, Beth was reading a Cracked article recently … Continue reading

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Princess of Power

In case you didn’t know, Ozma’s birthday was on Sunday, so I should probably write an Ozma-centered entry. I know I’ve discussed the ruler’s magical powers in the past, but I can’t find a post where I did so. Since … Continue reading

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Adam Bombs of the Eighties

Today, I’ll be looking at two not-too-fondly-remembered movies from the 1980s, both based on toy lines. In both cases, the toys were still a going concern when the films were released, but no longer at the height of their popularity. … Continue reading

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