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Growing Up Magical

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman – A twist on the concept of the feral child raised by animals instead tells about a kid raised by the spirits of the dead, with some help from a few other supernatural beings … Continue reading

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Princess Makes Perfect

Pretty much, right? I mean, the story only worked out because the princess not only couldn’t get to sleep because there was a pea under twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds, but complained about it the next morning. Isn’t that rather … Continue reading

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The Cat Makes the Man

There are many different stories of intelligent and resourceful animals that manage to elevate otherwise hopeless humans to fame and fortune. I remember an African tale from one of Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books in which the animal helper was a … Continue reading

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Bluebeard Stabbing in the Dead of Night

Not all stories that get lumped under the fairy tale umbrella (didn’t Mary Poppins have one of those?) necessarily contain magic and supernatural happenings. One of the stories in Charles Perrault’s collection, for instance, was a tale of a woman … Continue reading

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Every Philosopher Must Get Stoned

While doing research on human immortality, it’s not too surprising that I came across the Wikipedia article on the Philosopher’s Stone. Granting immortality was actually not the primary function of the Stone. Rather, it was said to be able to … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales for Our Times

Anyone who shares my interest in fairy tales might want to check out this article. I’ve come across Jack Zipes’s name a few times before. I know he edited a collection of fairy tales through the years (starting with “Cupid … Continue reading

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