Reflections on Light, III
Tunes for a Monday Morning

Recommended Reading:


* The 13th issue of Scheherezade’s Bequest (the tri-annual webzine of fairy tale fiction and poetry produced by the editors of Cabinet des Fées) is out, and it's absolutely packed with treasures. If your online reading time is limited, then this is the top recommendation for the week -- truly too good to miss.

If that doesn't keep you busy enough, here are a few other items of interest:

* Jessa Crispin discusses W.B. Yeats, Maud Gonne, and magic at The Smart Set.

* J.K. Hellum (aka Miss Kagashi) discusses pirates in the 19th century at Multiculturalism for Steampunk.

* Claire Messud discusses the naming of characters at The Wall Street Journal Online.

* Poet Arundhathi Subramaniam discusses the power of words in an interview at The (I can't remember who first recommended this one. Erzebet YellowBoy? If I'm wrong, I apologize!)

* Esquire Magazine has gotten a lot of well-deserved flack for publishing a list of 75 Books Every Man Should Read that contains only one book written by a woman (Flannery O'Conner). This doesn't exactly come as a surprise to those of us who work in the publishing field -- where it's still like rolling a rock uphill to get men and boys to read books by women, despite a few high-profile exceptions. The always-astute Ta-Nehisi Coates comments on the fracus on his Atlantic Magazine blog; the folks at Joyland have gathered a list of 250 books by women that men should read (they aimed for 75, but the list kept growing), and Matt Cheney makes a list of his own at The Mumpsimus.

* The introductory essays for Welcome to Bordertown (by me and Holly Black) can now be read online at And Kat Howard has posted a lovely little piece, "Recognizing Home," at

* Rex loses it on John Barleycorn this week. Good thing Howard is due back soon.

* Moveable Feast update: Karen Davis reflects on land and home at Moonight and Hares, in response to Christina Cairn's meditation on home at A Mermaid in the Attic.

* This week's art recommendation: I absolutely adore the new painting on David Wyatt's Posterous blog, as well as the second image he has posted, taking us through the painting's creation step-by-step.

* This week's video recommendation: Royal de Luxe, the amazing French company behind The Sultan's Elephant, has a fabulous new creation: la Petite Géante et le Xolo. Follow the link, and you'll find several videos listed from the project's debut in Nantes. (For The Sultan's Elephant, go here.)

* And here's one more video, which I've recommended in the past but want to mention again for anyone who may have missed it: the great Chilean writer Isabelle Allende discussing passion.

Have a good weekend, everyone.