‘She wants to be flowers, but you make her owls. You must not complain, then, if she goes hunting.’ — Alan Garner’s The Owl Service novel
Not surprisingly, all things Welsh as regards literature and music are a favourite of many a Green Man staffer here. As Robin Williamson in . . . → Read More: Of Welsh Matters
A generation ago, Terri Windling and Mark Alan Arnold introduced us to Bordertown, an abandoned American city sitting on the Border between the “real world” (The World) and Faerie (The Realm). A place where science and magic both worked, if equally unpredictably, it became a haven and a destination for runaways and outcasts of both . . . → Read More: Holly Black and Ellen Kushner, Welcome To Bordertown
The roasting, the feasting and the hours of horseplay helped to create a special warmth on this cold, hard day. Then the fire was stoked and fed to make a warm place where there could be dancing until darkfall. Martin was very drunk. Rebecca danced alone, wide skirts swirling, hair flowing as the accordion . . . → Read More: All Hallows Eve
We hear a lot about the “magic of the silver screen” (although I confess we seem to have left magic behind for a kind of gritty realism — the “magic” has turned dark and somewhat morbid). It’s nice to haul out a classic that really is magical.
Jean Cocteau’s La Belle et la Bête is . . . → Read More: Jean Cocteau and Philip Glass, La Belle et la Bête