Category Archives: History

Vulgarian Idol

Beth and I watched two movies this past weekend, one an old children’s film and the other about a violent murder. Look, they don’t all have to be consistent in mood. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Released in 1968, this … Continue reading

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Away From Armageddon

I have a movie and a miniseries to review this time. They’re not very similar, but they do both relate to religion. Constantine’s Sword – This documentary film from 2007 was based on an earlier book by former priest James … Continue reading

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The Gang’s All Here

Picture by Mark Spears I noticed on Joe Bongiorno’s Royal Timeline of Oz that he’s added several fictional works not directly related to Oz or L. Frank Baum, crediting some of them to Win Scott Eckert’s Wold Newton Universe chronology. … Continue reading

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Calamity Physics

Wizard of the Grove, by Tanya Huff – This is actually an omnibus edition of two different books, Child of the Grove and The Last Wizard. I had quite enjoyed Huff’s first two Keeper Chronicles books, so I looked into … Continue reading

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Let Us Contemplate the Sadness of a Banjo-Playing Frog

One thing I noticed in the book Yama Yama Land, by Grace Duffie Boylan, was a reference to a giant frog playing a tennis racquet like a banjo. Picture by Edgar Keller So what’s the connection between frogs and banjos? … Continue reading

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A Time to Hop

I can’t say I do much for Easter as an adult, but I definitely have memories of hunting for eggs in my childhood. I remember going to church services as well, but I’m generally a defender of secular aspects of … Continue reading

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A Day for Esther

Purim ends at sundown today. I can’t say I grew up knowing much at all about Jewish holidays. I wonder if kids growing up in New York City do, or if they just know that they’re days some people get … Continue reading

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