Posts Tagged ‘Mythology’

  1. Only the Keeper Sees

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    March 16, 2016 by Unsettling Wonder

    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.


  2. The Darkest Night of the Year

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    December 21, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    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.


  3. Folktales: Three Monsters

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    November 15, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    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.


  4. A Week Away

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    October 16, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    John is taking the week off. But don’t worry you can still get your weekly fix of Folklore goodness.


  5. Mid-Autumn Folktale: Moon, Rabbit, and Fox

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    October 9, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    The Mid-autumn festival in China venerates 嫦娥 (Cháng’é), the moon goddess. Like the rituals in last week’s post, the folktales about her reflect the season’s liminality and uncertainties, as she moves from mortality to immortality, from living on earth to living on the moon.


  6. Mid-autumn festivals

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    October 5, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    Autumn is a liminal season, and so we turn to festivals that celebrate limninal spaces: summer and winter, birth and death, wandering and belonging, time past and time future, heaven and hell.


  7. Two Folktales

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    September 27, 2015 by Unsettling Wonder

    Over the past few weeks, I’ve been pondering here about stories that speak from wounded, devastated earth—that come out of a place of suffering together with the world we inhabit.


  8. Call for Submissions: Why would Anyone enchant That?

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    March 6, 2014 by Unsettling Wonder

    There are good wizards, there are evil wizards, and then, there are bad wizards—the kind that create the vorpal apple …
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  9. Gilt, Alloy, Catalysis

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    May 6, 2013 by Poetry Editor

    Aerial House, by Albert Robida

    Despite the title, what concerns us is only a matter of engineering in the loosest sense. We are interested in …
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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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