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Why We Need Impossible Worlds

“If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it’s probably because at some level you find “reality” a bit of a disappointment.” [Read more]

October 25, 2012 // 2 Comments

The Bellowing Ogre: Here Or Else

“[A]ny existential statement – a statement, for example, beginning ‘Once upon a time there was…’ – always implies a world, because it implies a universal [Read more]

October 4, 2012 // 2 Comments

Criticism as Fantasia and Inquiry

“Critics seem to find it necessary, at least once in a career, to write a statement defending criticism per se.” – Joanna Russ. “By its function, [criticism] [Read more]

August 23, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Fantasy of Kingship

“The fundamental idea underlying kingship is the separation of one human being from others. Being set apart is the very crux of the institution. The ways in which this [Read more]

August 2, 2012 // 8 Comments

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