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Aslan Will Provide

When reading Katherine Langrish’s reviews of the Chronicles of Narnia while having the theme of civilization on my mind, I thought about how Narnia is considerably more anti-civilization than Oz, even if I don’t recall the word being used (which … Continue reading

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Big Birds

I don’t think I’ve ever written a post about the Simurgh, the giant bird from Persian mythology that I actually first came across in the Xanth series. Pretty much always identified as female, this peacock-like bird is often shown as … Continue reading

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Save Our Slaves

As a fan of the Oz books and someone who has often taken comfort in them, I don’t always like pointing out the negative aspects of them. Still, they’re there, and it’s probably better to confront them head-on than to … Continue reading

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He’s Got Legs, He Knows How to Use Them

I’ve always liked descriptions of monsters. I remember when I was in high school and I checked out Jorge Luis Borges’ Book of Imaginary Beings multiple times. It covered creatures spoken of in the folklore and mythology of many different … Continue reading

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Take Out the Tash

While The Last Battle might well be the weakest book in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, I was always struck by the appearance of Tash, the bloodthirsty god of Calormen. This nation, located to the south of Narnia, is largely … Continue reading

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Still I Think He’s Rather Tasty

Aladdin – I’ve always liked this movie quite a bit. I saw it three times at the theater, which was a lot for me, although I’m sure some of you have seen films at the theater more times than that. … Continue reading

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Who’s the Most Remarkable Extra-Ordinary Fellow?

When discussing Popeye, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the three Technicolor two-reelers that came out in the thirties. Interestingly, all three were based on tales from the Arabian Nights, and I’m not sure why. I can think … Continue reading

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