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March 06, 2007


Loved TTW as well and look forward to popping over and reading this review! I've heard great things about Kelly Link.

Stunning post!!!

I hate this kind of opposition, because I like both. I'm interested in memoirs of drug addicts and histories of salt because they tend to be full of extravagantly fantastic things I never dreamed of. And I'm interested in fairy tales and epic fantasies because they tell me ground-level truths about my life.

Although I am also interested in the personal histories of drug addicts, etc., my favorite argument in defense of Fancy comes from Oscar Wilde's scathingly funny essay, "The Decay of Lying":

Facts are not merely finding a footing-place in history, but they are usurping the domain of Fancy, and have invaded the kingdom of Romance....That some change will take place before this century has drawn to its close we have no doubt whatsoever. Bored by the tedious and improving conversation of those who have neither the wit to exaggerate nor the genius to romance, tired of the intelligent person whose reminiscences are always based upon memory, whose statements are invariably limited by probability, and who is at any time liable to be corroborated by the merest Philistine who happens to be present, Society sooner or later must return to its lost leader, the cultured and fascinating liar.

spot on!

Julie's artwork reminds me of my friend Melissa's, in its delicate, fey lines & use of animal avatars. Here's a sweet cabinet I'm keeping for her while she's traveling:

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  • 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.

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