Category Archives: History

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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How the South Went South

Gone with the Wind – This was the first time I’d seen this film, which was released in the same year as The Wizard of Oz, by the same studio with the same director. It’s definitely a well-made movie, and … Continue reading

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Groening Goes Medieval

Disenchantment – I took a while in watching this still relatively new Netflix series created by Matt Groening, but I’m caught up as of last night. It’s an animated comic medieval fantasy, and as such the jokes focus largely on … Continue reading

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Superheroes and Dinosaurs (But Not in the Same Movie)

X2: X-Men United – Beth and I saw the first X-Men movie in the theater back when we first started dating; I think it might have been the first time we went to the movies together. We both knew the … Continue reading

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Hello to Bygone Ages

Looking at Robert E. Howard’s essay on his imaginary Hyborian Age got me to thinking about a few different issues in fantasy fiction that deals with lost civilizations. The essay tells of a succession of great empires contrasted with barbarians, … Continue reading

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