Monthly Archives: November 2016

Art with Brains and Courage

After my post on books in Oz, Paul Dana suggested that I write one about the performing arts in that fairyland. It’s a good idea, but they aren’t really covered all that much in the books. I’ve looked previously at … Continue reading

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Today You Are a Man

I knew about Tiresias being temporarily turned into a woman, but another sex change in the world of Greek mythology that I just recently found out about is that of Caenis of Thessaly. There are two different accounts of her … Continue reading

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A Headliner We All Know for the Holy Halftime Show

Beth’s Uncle John gave me two new albums (well, new to me, anyway; and I do think they were both 2016 releases) for my birthday, so I figured I might as well say a bit about them. Jack and Amanda … Continue reading

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Books Within Books

One of Robert Pattrick’s essays in Unexplored Territory in Oz, “Books in Oz,” discusses just what it sounds like. It’s interesting to examine what books characters IN books read. Since fantasy adventure stories often don’t have a lot of down … Continue reading

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I Wish We Were Going to Candy Apple Island

King Kong – I finally watched the classic 1933 film, and I have to wonder how much my own take on the movie reflects the creators’ intentions. I saw it as a condemnation on cruelty to animals and exploitation of … Continue reading

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Church of the Assumption

I have to say I have trouble understanding arguments like these that totally misrepresent scientific theories. Sure, if you want to really simplify things, elements forged by stars eventually formed themselves into planets and other matter, which would include dinosaurs. … Continue reading

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No One Remembers Your Name When You’re Strange

Doctor Strange – WARNING! SPOILERS! – Beth and I saw the latest Marvel Studios movie last night, and one of the first things that struck me was how similar Stephen Strange was to Gregory House. Of course, Strange was a … Continue reading

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Loyalty to Royalty

I like to make connections between pretty much everything and the Oz books, although usually the parallels aren’t that close. It works out better when I connect them to The Simpsons. People are saying the show predicted President Trump, which … Continue reading

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Not Cool Enough for School

Last night’s Family Guy was about the anti-vaccination movement, which I’ve written a bit about before. That isn’t what this post is about, but it’s interesting in that it has supporters from both sides of the political spectrum. I was … Continue reading

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Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves

The Thirteenth Princess, by Diane Zahler – This story is essentially an adaptation of the fairy tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, looking at the tale from a different perspective and bringing in a thirteenth sister as the main protagonist. … Continue reading

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