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November 07, 2006

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How timely! Just two days after returning from proposing a study at Vermont College that will use reflection on events in my life as seen through the lens of fairy tale for inspiration in my writing and visual art (and using Endicott as the main resource for my proposed bibliography), I sit down for inpiration to get started, and find this entry! Perfect! Thanks once again.

Devony

I hadn't seen Meg Fox's work before. Very powerful, beautiful, and moving. It reminds me again of how much folk and fairy tales have meant to my survival and ability to thrive. Thanks for all of the other links, too.

I am so touched and thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing about my project, Of Nettles and Deliverance. I think often about your beginning words from “Heroes,”
http://www.endicott-studio.com/rdrm/forheros.html
“I have recently discovered that child abuse is no longer fashionable.”

When I think of the years I (and far too many others) denied feelings for that very reason, convinced my own experience was “old news—it happens all the time—get over it,” I can only tell you again how grateful I am for the day someone told me about you and the Endicott Studio. Reading your personal story, and discovering this incredible community of mythic artists gave me courage to believe in what I was doing and to continue.

We think of those waging battles with disease or accidental injury as “survivors” not victims, and wouldn’t think of ongoing campaigns raising awareness or searching for cures for these things as tiresome old news. I so believe we have to keep fighting to raise awareness about children in crisis and trauma survivors by telling our stories through words, music, paint or pixels with every bit as much determination.

Sending you and Midori a huge hug!
Meg Fox

Thank you very much for your kind words, Meg.

And Devony, I hope you've seen the book Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales, edited by Kate Bernheimer, containing essays by Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, and many, many other writers. (If you get the second, expanded edition, it also has essays by Midori, me, and Ursula Le Guin.)

Kate (who is the editor of the Fairy Tale Review -- http://www.fairytalereview.com/ ) is at work on a follow-up volume of essays in which men look at their favorite fairy tales. I know Chris Barzak has a piece in it, and I don't know who else...but I'm sure, since it's Kate, that it will be terrific.

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About this blog

  • The Journal of Mythic Arts was a pioneering online magazine dedicated to Mythic Arts: literary, visual, and performance arts inspired by myth, folklore, and fairy tales. Published by The Endicott Studio, co-edited by Terri Windling & Midori Snyder, JoMA ran from 1997 to 2008.

    This blog was active from 2006 - 2008, and is kept online as an archive only. Please note that no new material has been posted since 2008, and links have not been updated.

    For more recent discussions of Mythic Arts, fantasy literature, and related topics, visit Terri Windling's Myth & Moor and Midori Snyder's Into the Labyrinth.

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