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Frustration Quest

Yesterday was L. Frank Baum’s birthday, so I figured I should write something Oz-related, but I’ve probably covered just about every possible topic when it comes to Baum’s creation. I was thinking recently, however, about how I usually say The … Continue reading

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Gaming the System

I already wrote a post about sports and games in the Oz series, but I had a few more ideas along those lines that I thought I could develop somewhat. Characters in the books are frequently seen playing games, and … Continue reading

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How Is Education Supposed to Make Me Feel Smarter?

As I’ve said before, the Oz books don’t say a whole lot on education in the fairyland. When the Wogglebug, who becomes educated by listening to the lectures at a country schoolhouse, is given the post of Public Educator by … Continue reading

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Oz Con Artists

I’ve written before about how L. Frank Baum’s position on trickery is somewhat mixed. As someone who had worked as a salesman, he knew the value of a certain amount of balderdash in order to sell things to people. And … Continue reading

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The Patchwork Map of Oz

One of the tropes I came across on TV Tropes for the Land of Oz is that of the Patchwork Map, which definitely applies to Oz and the surrounding nations. A dry desert surrounds the entire nation, even though this … Continue reading

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Just How Immortal Are You?

I’d like to revisit a point I made back in this post, about how it’s a big deal in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus for the immortals to give Santa the Mantle of Immortality, but Lurline grants everyone … Continue reading

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Merry Monarchies

Hey, ever read that Ruth Plumly Thompson story about the loveable king with the childish personality? Yes, this is a theme Thompson returned to quite often, starting with the King of Supposyville and continuing with King Kojo of Oh-Go-Wan and … Continue reading

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