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This Tornado Loves You

There was a bit of a theme in the early Oz books about Dorothy reaching fairyland by means of natural disasters. We all know about the cyclone, then there was a storm at sea in Ozma of Oz and an … Continue reading

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Fantastic Function Follows Form

Hugh Pendexter III’s article on magic in Ruth Plumly Thompson’s Oz books, which was printed in the Autumn 1978 Baum Bugle, notes, “It seems wise to distinguish between magical technology, in which magic tools and devices imitate the advances of … Continue reading

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Perfectly Petrified

Writing about the legend that Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos was turned into a marble statue and buried near the Golden Gate of Constantinople got me thinking of the mentions of such statues in the Oz books. For some reason, L. … Continue reading

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My Future Lies Beyond the Yellow Brick Road

The Yellow Brick Road has become one of the most famous fictional roads in history, largely because of the song in the MGM movie that consisted almost entirely of the words “follow the Yellow Brick Road” over and over again. … Continue reading

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We Live in the City of Dreams

The Hidden History of Oz, Book Two: Crown of the Dreamer, by Tarl Telford – The second volume in this series continues the tale of how the Wizard had the Emerald City built and established his power in Oz. Glinda … Continue reading

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Art of Darkness

It seems like, whenever a pop culture phenomenon involves magic, there are fundamentalists complaining that it’s evil. Strange, because I’ve never seen any evidence of people actually working the spells in Harry Potter or Dungeons & Dragons, whether for good … Continue reading

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Epic Fail

While looking at Twitter a few days ago, I noticed that Neil Gaiman linked to an anti-Tolkien article by Michael Moorcock, written in the 1970s. I haven’t read anything by Moorcock, and the article often just makes him sound like … Continue reading

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