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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] [...]

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 [...]

August 2, 2012 // 8 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: Noctuary by Thomas Ligotti

REVIEW SUMMARY: A gathering of potent word-rituals MY RATING: BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A revised collection of Ligotti’s stories, both the old and new material probe baroque [...]

July 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

Worlds Are Conjured, Not Built

I am heading to Readercon this Thursday, 12 July, and I am very happy to be a participant for the first time. It is going to be a very different experience and one that I [...]

July 12, 2012 // 6 Comments

Why We Need To Imagine The Impossible

“Fortunately somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or [...]

June 14, 2012 // 3 Comments

The Bradbury Effect > The Amazon Effect

“”[R]eaders care not a whit about cover design or even good writing, and have no attachment at all to the book as object. Like addicts, they just want their fix [...]

June 7, 2012 // 7 Comments

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