Monthly Archives: August 2022

Something for the Ruler with Everything

The 1998 Oziana has even less original art than the last issue. Aside from the front cover by Ron Zhang, showing an MGM-inspired Wicked Witch of the West menacing the familiar four (five, including Toto) and a picture of Ozma … Continue reading

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The World First Spoke to Me in Sensurround

We haven’t really been watching a lot of movies recently, aside from the two Elvis ones. I can’t even remember how long ago it was we saw the first two on here; they’ve been sitting in a draft for a … Continue reading

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It’s a Celtic Thing

I recently finished reading the Mabinogion, a collection of Welsh mythological prose, translated by Lady Charlotte Guest in the nineteenth century. I understand there have been better English translations since then, but this is what I could easily find online, … Continue reading

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Rustles and Flutters

It’s that time again, and here’s the 1997 Oziana. The cover shows an Oz shield that was made to be colored in, but I never did. Original illustrations are sparse this time, and many of them just repurposed John R. Neill … Continue reading

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The Domain of the King

You may remember that Beth and I were watching all the Elvis movies in order, and I’d been writing about them in groups of three. But then it was a few months between seeing the seventh and eighth, and we … Continue reading

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Women and Demons

Pandora’s Jar: Women in the Greek Myths, by Natalie Haynes – I believe I first saw this book mentioned in a list of online recommendations, but it was also discussed on the Let’s Talk About Myths, Baby! podcast. It focuses … Continue reading

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The Need for Speedy

The 1996 Oziana is unusual in that it contains only one story, Umbrella Island in Oz, by Ruth Waara. As such, it’s kind of weird that the cover picture has nothing to do with it, instead being a Dick Martin … Continue reading

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I Don’t Think It’s Good to Work Too Hard

I’ve gotten into the habit of writing about a video game when I start playing it, then again when I finish, assuming I ever do. I do tend to post occasional updates to Twitter, however, thanks to the screen capture … Continue reading

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Eleven, Twelve, Pig and Delve

The first noticeable thing about the 1995 Oziana is that the cover has a picture by the late Rob Roy MacVeigh of the main characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. There’s also inside cover art by editor Robin Olderman, … Continue reading

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The Male Must Get Through

I’ve noticed an obsession the far right seems to have with masculinity. Someone on Twitter linked to this article, which is four years old at this point, but seems pretty accurate. It’s based on a non-scientific study, but it supports … Continue reading

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