The hound and I are back in the studio, with apologies for being away so long -- due to a combination of health issues (getting better now) and an over-full schedule that I'm just barely keeping up with.
Here are some articles, videos, and podcasts I'd like to recommend, a seasonal round-up of my magpie gleanings from hither and yon:
* Sharon Blackie follows Myrddin, Mis, and other wild folk into the woods (The Art of Enchantment)
* Rob Maslen goes deep into William Morris' Wood Beyond the World (City of Lost Books)
* Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk, pens a beautiful essay on the forbidden wonder of birds' nests and eggs (The Guardian)
* Jeremy Miller finds a new understanding of wilderness in an Irish bog (Orion)
* Naomi Shihab Nye discusses poetry and kindness (BrainPickings)
* David Grossman discusses the Holocaust, empathy, and the importance of literature (The Guardian)
* George Saunders discusses the art storytelling (Aeon video)
* Mary Hofffman discusses fairy tales with Katherine Langrish (Seven Miles of Steel Thistles)
* Kate Forsyth returns to Beauty & the Beast by way Anne Frank (Kate's blog)
* Meg Roscoff tells us why we still need fairy tales (The Guardian)
* Robert Minto reviews No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin (New Republic)
* Cally Calloman reviews Folk Song in England by Steve Roud (Caught by the River)
* Jon Wilks interviews Steve Roud, asking: "What is folk music, exactly?" (Grizzly Folk)
* Yaoyao Ma Van As captures the over-looked joys of living alone (My Modern Met)
* John Bedell looks at Leonora Carrington's incredible sculptures (Bensozia)
* Skye Sherman looks at a new exhibition of Käthe Kollwitz’s powerful art (The Guardian)
And one more:
My erudite friend and up-the-road neighbor Earl Fontainelle has launched a fascinating podcast series on The Secret History of Western Esotericism, exploring "cutting-edge academic research in the study of Platonism, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, the Kabbalah, alchemy, occultism, magic, and related currents of thought."
The first four episodes of the series are online now, and I highly recommend it.
The art today is by the great English book illustrator Arthur Rackham, born on this day in south London in 1867. A new exhibition of his work has just opened at the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy.