Feathers and Feminism: An Interview with Arielle K. Harris

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Our imaginations are easily caught up in new interpretations of these familiar stories, and it’s likely we’ll never stop reusing those tropes while we still retain them in our cultural memories. Join us in an interview with author Arielle K. Harris.


A Guide Across Distant Seas

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Aikaterini Gegisian, A Small Guide to the Invisible Seas (The Sea of Passions, 6) 2015, Collage on paper, 27.8 x 42.5 cm, Courtesy of the artist & Kalfayan Galleries, Athens-Thessaloniki

An interview with Aikaterini Gegisian by Defne Cizakca Part 2 of 2 Our second meeting took place in the summer. …
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A Guide Across Distant Seas

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“My appropriation of the term ‘Ottoman woman’ is an attempt to address a collective female body that has hardly ever been visible.”
(Aikaterini Gegisian, Self-Portrait as an Ottoman Woman, Variation 2, 2012-2016 75 archival postcards 150 cm x 140 cm, Courtesy of the artist & Kalfayan Galleries, Athens-Thessaloniki)

An interview with Aikaterini Gegisian by Defne Cizakca Part 1 of 2 I met Aikaterini at wintertime, in a small …
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Only the Keeper Sees

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I discovered the woods by our house just as the year was turning.
I’d seen them before, of course. In any stroll along the pavement past the art school towards the conference center, looking across the brackish water of the reservoir, the woods were obvious enough. And I knew, in a vaguely academic way, that people sometimes went for walks in those same woods.


The Darkest Night of the Year

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With the longest, darkest night of the year upon us, we wish you the joy of it. There’s a reason, I think, that so many cultures celebrate these nights—why such a cold, dark time is full of lights and laughter and merriment.


Two Ways of Reading “The Ugly Duckling”: A Guest Post by Li Xiaoheng

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Almost everyone has heard The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen. In this tale, the duckling looks so ugly that he’s excluded by other animals and even his family. He leaves home and suffers a lot all the way, but finally he becomes a beautiful swan.


Winter is Not Coming: A Conversation with Kate Wolford

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We sat down with Kate Wolford for a long-distance discussion about—well, about the weather, and how it shapes the stories we tell.


Folktales: Three Monsters

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It’s another grim and heartbreaking day in the world. We’ve had too many of these lately, and Friday 13 seems particularly bitter and bitterly pointless. Other, better, more eloquent writers can tell you what’s happening, and give some shape to the numb weariness that overtakes us. Today, we want to celebrate life as usual, the ordinary everyday, boring days when nothing remarkable happens and good days when something hilarious happens.


A Scots Halloween

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In honour of the season, here for your reading enjoyment is an eerie Scots ballad by George MacDonald.


Scottish Halloween Matchmaking

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All Hallows’ Eve has long cultivated folk rituals and folktales of all varieties.


Unsettling Wonder

We craft and tell stories because we’ve stood on the uncertain edge between the waking world and our imagination, between enchantment and fear. And we remember other stories that help us build our own stories, scraps of lumber and fragments of narrative we gather together to make stories for ourselves.

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