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Now You’re Speaking My Language

I’ve written before about the Tower of Babel, the weird story from Genesis that explains why people speak so many different languages. Exactly why this needed a mythical explanation isn’t entirely clear. People speak different languages because they developed in different … Continue reading

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Get Off Your Ass

This might well be my last book review post of the year. I got an overview of the books I read in 2021 on Goodreads a few weeks ago, but I have no idea why they didn’t save it until … Continue reading

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All in How You Spell ‘Em

I saw something recently about the difference between the words “fairy” and “faerie.” Really, there’s no difference; the latter is just an archaic spelling. The word comes from the French for “fate,” and therefore “enchantment”; and was applied to many different … Continue reading

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Sick Kids of an Unholy Union

Picture by Matias Cabezas Montoya When looking up different types of fairies, I came across the Keshalyi (sometimes spelled without the Y), which I don’t think I’d heard of before. From the mythology of the Romani (i.e., gypsies, although I understand … Continue reading

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I Spy a May Queen

I knew as a kid that the first of May was May Day, but it’s not something I ever celebrated. I don’t think it’s that big in the States, or at least not the part where I lived. The Wikipedia page … Continue reading

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Last Exit from Reality

The Tyrant’s Tomb, by Rick Riordan – In the fourth book in the Trials of Apollo series, Apollo and Meg McCaffrey reach Camp Jupiter in California, which has recently been the site of a deadly battle, and another one is … Continue reading

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Men Are Pigs

Circe, by Madeline Miller – When I heard about this book, I knew I should probably read it, but it took me a while to get a digital copy from the library. It’s a reinterpretation of the story of the … Continue reading

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Mythology Today

A Local Habitation, by Seanan McGuire – The second of the October Daye novels has Toby, at the behest of her lord Duke Sylvester, investigating a fairy-run computer company in Fremont, which in Faerie is a buffer zone between two … Continue reading

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Ask the Flowers to Tell You

Yesterday was L. Frank Baum’s birthday, and Tuesdays are my designated days for writing about Oz, although it doesn’t always work out that way. Since I had something more pressing to write about yesterday, I’m going to look at a … Continue reading

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Gnomic Utterances

I recently read Ruth Berman’s Dunkiton Pamphlet on Gnome Matters, including a history of gnomes, touching on their use in the Oz books. I’ve written about this topic before, like how the name might well have originated with Paracelsus, who … Continue reading

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