I haven't done a reading round-up in a while, so here are my magpie gleanings from hither and yon:
* Jay Griffith's "Hearth: A Thesaurus on Home," a thoroughly gorgeous four-part mediation on the concept of home, highly recommended. (Stay Where You Are)
* Jane Shilling's "How Pastoral Writing is Being Redefined" looks at new nature writing in England by Jay Griffiths, George Monbiot, Sylvain Tesson, and Philip Hoare. (The New Statesman)
* Robert Macfarlane explores "The Eeriness of the English Countryside" as expressed by writers and artists from M.R. James to Alan Garner. (The Guardian)
* Jack Zipes explains "How the Grimms Brothers Saved the Fairy Tale." (Humanities)
* A. S. Byatt reviews The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. (The Spectator)
* Stephen March contends that genre fiction has become more important than literary fiction. (Esquire Magazine)
* Sherwood Smith analyzes the differences between Jane Austen's fiction and Georgette Heyer's. (Book View Cafe)
* Maev Kennedy on the discovery of Fanny Cornforth's lost grave. (The Guardian)
* Maria Popova spotlights Thinking with Animals: New Perspectives on Anthropomorphism by Lorraine Daston and Gregg Mitman. (Brain Pickings)
* For National Poetry Month, ten poems about animals, many of them mythic in nature:
"The Strange People" by Louise Erdrich, "Fox" by Adrienne Rich, "The Animals in That Country" by Margaret Atwood, "Toad Dreams" by Marge Piercy, "Birthdreams" by Laurie Kutchins,"Deer Dance" by Linda Hogan, "The Girl Who Married a Reindeer" by by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, "The Bear's Daughter" by Theodora Goss, "A Poem About the Hounds and the Hares" by Lisel Mueller, and "Mongrel Heart" by David Baker.
* And one audio piece: Elizabeth Knox delivers a knock-out inaugural Margaret Mahy lecture, podcast by Radio New Zealand. I hope you all know The Vintner's Luck, The Angel's Cut, Black Oxen, The Dreamhunter's Duet and Knox's other stunning novels; and the late Margaret Mahy's too for that matter.