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Thinking Theosophically

Madame Blavatsky’s Baboon: A History of the Mystics, Mediums, and Misfits Who Brought Spiritualism to America, by Peter Washington – This book examines the history of Theosophy, the spiritual movement founded by Helena Blavatsky. I said a bit about her … Continue reading

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Oz on Strike

This tweet from Seth MacFarlane made me think of this scene from the 1910 Wizard of Oz, because I’m weird like that. Of course, neither of these are canonical as far as the Oz books are concerned, so that made … Continue reading

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Tonight There Is No Black or White

Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron, by Jasper Fforde – In some ways, the story resembles others about futuristic bureaucratic nightmare societies. It kind of reminded me of the movie Brazil, what with the plot involving the main … Continue reading

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Budweiser’s a Friend of the Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz: Vintage Recordings from the 1903 Broadway Musical – Long before MGM got their hands on it, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz had already had a run as a successful musical, on stage rather than the screen. … Continue reading

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Hearts and Minds

Since Valentine’s Day just recently ended, I suppose it would be appropriate to talk about hearts. And since this is an Oz post, I’m sure the first subject to come to anyone’s mind would be the Tin Woodman, who sought … Continue reading

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Before the Umbrella

Much of the plot of Speedy in Oz takes place on Umbrella Island, a land that flies through the air under the power of a magical umbrella. We’re told that this was not always the case, however. According to Waddy, … Continue reading

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Everything’s Coming Up Ojo

In The Patchwork Girl of Oz, L. Frank Baum introduces his fourth boy protagonist to the Oz series, Ojo the Unlucky. He’s not really a stereotypically boyish boy, but instead rather solemn and insecure, with a tendency to break out … Continue reading

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Wishing and Hoping

One common theme in fairy tales is an item or character who grants wishes. Honestly, I find this idea to be problematic, because they’re so ill-defined. Can a wishing item or creature grant ANY wish, or do they have limits? … Continue reading

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I’m Not Ulysses

Having been a fan of Greek mythology since childhood, I had always meant to read the work of Homer, but I somehow never got around to it. I was given a copy of the Odyssey, translated by the late Robert … Continue reading

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Making Life Out of Nothing at All

One thing for which Oz is known is its collection of magically animated beings. In that fairyland, anything from a scarecrow to a footstool to a painting can come to life, always with its own distinct personality. The first book … Continue reading

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