Category Archives: Places

Christmas, Toys, and Oz

I might do a re-read of The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus this year, seeing as how I have the new edition with Eric Shanower’s illustrations. I guess it depends on how soon I finish the library books I … Continue reading

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All of Our Values Have Been Challenged by the Monsters of Mud

I don’t think I’ve written yet about Ozian people made of mud. According to some religions, humans were originally formed from mud, and we still contain a lot of the same elements, but obviously there’s more to our bodies than … Continue reading

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All’s Fair in Oz

It’s interesting how much of the Oz series can be seen as referencing circuses and fairs. I guess it’s not surprising for children’s books of the time (or, really, even today, although the traditional circus is severely waning in popularity). … 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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When the Volcano Blow

I wrote last week about Dorothy’s tornado and other natural disasters that opened the way to Oz or the surrounding fairylands, and this time I’m going to look at ones within fairyland itself. We don’t really hear of many bad … Continue reading

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The Pink Saving the Blue

I had suggested back in this post, in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek fashion, that L. Frank Baum’s Sky Island could count as a white savior narrative, as the white American travelers save the island (or at least the Blue Country) from … Continue reading

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Slide Some Oil to Me

I suppose Oz must use fossil fuels to at least some extent. I mean, the Tin Woodman carries around an oilcan in order to lubricate his joints and keep them from rusting. L. Frank Baum’s father became rich through oil … Continue reading

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