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Perfectly Petrified

Writing about the legend that Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos was turned into a marble statue and buried near the Golden Gate of Constantinople got me thinking of the mentions of such statues in the Oz books. For some reason, L. … Continue reading

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You Will Be Assimilated

It’s become a cliché in the Oz series that the magical land is full of insular themed communities where the inhabitants either want to turn visitors into beings like them, or sometimes just keep them as slaves. In Ruth Plumly … Continue reading

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Patchwork Relationships

Jared Davis recently wrote about relationships and sexuality in Oz, a topic that I’d addressed before. Jared and J.L. Bell have also commented on how a passage in The Tin Woodman of Oz has taken on a different but perhaps … Continue reading

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That’s an Ice Dragon

Picture source: MacKenzie’s Dragonsnest After reading Edith Nesbit’s story “The Ice Dragon,” I searched for some more information on dragons associated with ice instead of fire. I came across two posts from J.L. Bell’s blog back in 2006. The first … Continue reading

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Having a Ball

Remember the Wicked Witch of the West’s crystal ball from The Wizard of Oz? Like when Dorothy sees Aunt Em in it, only for her to be replaced with the Witch herself? As anyone who’s read the book can tell … Continue reading

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The Ozfathers

Happy Father’s Day! I know I usually make Oz posts on Mondays and Tuesdays, but I’m posting this today in honor of the holiday. It’s a list of fathers in the Oz series, not comprehensive by any means, but hopefully … Continue reading

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