Monthly Archives: August 2017

Magical Buildup

I’ve occasionally seen the question as to whether it was morally questionable for Dorothy to take the Magic Belt from the Nome King. I think she really didn’t have much choice, as he was determined to keep Ozma and her … Continue reading

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Save Your Drama for the Yamas

Yama Yama Land: Where Everything Is Different, by Grace Duffie Boylan, illustrated by Edgar Keller – There were several books released in the early twentieth century that were largely imitative of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, both in story and … Continue reading

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If Gasoline Is Their Food, Then Why Do They Have Teeth?

This weekend, we watched two very different movies, which happened to be the ones we had out from Netflix. Sophie’s Choice – Beth has looked for recommendations on movies that are total downers. I’m generally more into fiction that’s more … Continue reading

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Trump of the Apocalypse

I’ve remarked before on how strange it is that evangelical Christians (well, WHITE evangelical Christians, anyway) tend to be such fervent supporters of Donald Trump. While he professes to be a Presbyterian, he’s said he doesn’t need to seek forgiveness, … Continue reading

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Not My First Rodeo

Here are my thoughts on a few Oz books I’ve read recently. Non-Oz book reviews should be coming soon. The Prankster of Oz, by John R. Rose – It’s weird how Oz items I’ve never heard of sometimes show up … Continue reading

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Magical Law Enforcement

As per The Patchwork Girl of Oz, Ozma has banned the practice of magic for everyone in the Land of Oz aside from Glinda and her student, the Wizard of Oz. It’s interesting that this doesn’t include the Good Witch … Continue reading

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There Goes the Sun

I thought I might do something with mythology related to eclipses this week, and this page gives an overview of some such explanations. It was apparently pretty common to assume the Sun was being eaten when it disappeared during the … Continue reading

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Lovable and Not-So-Lovable Rogues

I’ve now read a few of the Best of the Baum Bugle volumes I just recently purchased, and there are some interesting articles in there, including some on the Nome King and L. Frank Baum’s other villains. I’ve already covered … Continue reading

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Don’t Mind the Maker

Not long ago, I came across a reference to a possible link between autism and atheism, which was interesting to me as I’m an atheist and on the autistic spectrum. While the idea can be misused, as this Turkish jerk … Continue reading

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Snow Business

I was aware from pretty early on that Ruth Plumly Thompson continued the Oz series after L. Frank Baum, and that illustrator John R. Neill would eventually write his own as well. I don’t think I’d heard of the fourth … Continue reading

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