I'm out sick today with a bug I picked up in London over the weekend, but hope to be back in the studio very soon. When I return, I'll tell you about my travels -- which were full of music, selkies, and the art and lives of Pre-Raphaelite women.
* Chabon's moving tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin (Paris Review)
* C.J. Hauser's sad and beautiful essay "The Crane Wife" (Paris Review)
* Sabrina Orah Mark's "I Am the Tooth Fairy" (Paris Review)
* Nick Holland's "Folklore, Faeries and the Brontë Novels" (on his Anne Brontë blog)
The art today is "The Princess Carried Off by the Bees" by Henry Justice Ford (published in Andrew Lang's Green Fairy Book, 1892), and an illustration for the Grimms fairy tale The Robber Bridegroom by H.S. Owen (published by Blackie & Sons in 1922). The latter book is a wonderful thing, full of rats in traditional Japanese dress for no apparent reason....