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Rakkhosh and Ruin

One type of being that’s quite significant in Sayantani DasGupta’s The Serpent’s Secret is the Rakkhosh, a sort of human-eating monster that usually speaks in rhyme. The book also associates them with black holes, presumably an invention of DasGupta’s, although … Continue reading

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Designer Genes

I have a few things to say about last night’s new Futurama episode, “Leela and the Genestalk,” so I figured a post would be in order. I have to wonder how many other people are still even watching the show, … Continue reading

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The Satanic Family Players

One curious character who shows up in at least two fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm is the Devil’s grandmother. She puts in appearances in one story called simply “The Devil and His Grandmother” (sometimes called “The Dragon and … Continue reading

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Fee Fi Fo Fum, Hee Hi Ho Hum

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these Revisiting Disney entries, hasn’t it? Well, we’ve had a lot of other things going on, so no real chance to watch any other animated features. Until tonight, that is, when … Continue reading

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That’s What Woods Are For

I’ve told some of you the story (well, anecdote, really; I don’t know that it counts as a story) about how I was supposed to see Into the Woods with my ninth grade German class, but the trip was snowed … Continue reading

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The Beanstalker

We all know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, in which a poor boy is scammed into trading his cow for a few beans. Except it isn’t really a scam, because the beans automatically grow into a beanstalk, which … Continue reading

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Straw Man Origins

I’ve already described Ruth Plumly Thompson’s origin story for the Scarecrow, but I thought this was a topic that could use another look. It’s rather controversial in the Oz community, although I have to wonder how much of that is … Continue reading

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