Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Our rural Internet service has gone from bad to worse, and I'm going to have to start sending Myth & Moor posts by friendly mice at this rate. I'm working on getting this fixed, and in the meantime I have some recommended reading for you:
* Terry Tempest William's exquisite essay on land, ceremony, and the gods among us.
* Robert Macfarlane on the new animism.
* Emma Marris on myth and soil.
* Sharon Blackie on a hidden pilgrim trail
in the Scottish Highlands.
* Rachel Cusk on Celia Paul, Cecily Brown, and being a woman artist.
* Melissa Ashley with a short piece on French salon fairy tales. Ignore the claim that these writers "invented" fairy tales or the classic fairy tale heroine archetypes -- that's simply incorrect. The archetypes are as old as the oral storytelling tradition, and there were other important literary fairy tale writers at least a century earlier. But on why the French stories were so radical for their time, the author is on stronger ground. (If you'd like to know more, I have an essay on the subject here.)
Art above: Bedtime Story by Chris Dunn, Morsel's Bath by Lauren Mills, The Letter and Autopirum by Omar Rayyan, and an illustration from Avi's Poppy stories by Brian Floca.