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Recommended Reading

Leisure by William Worcester Churchill

I haven't posted a list of Recommended Reading in a while, so here are a few of the things that caught my eye over the last couple of months:

"Misogyny in Fairy Tales" and "Old Women (and Some Old Men) in Fairy Tales," two of Katherine Langrish's best fairy tale essays yet (Seven Miles of Steel Thistles)

"Grimmer Than Most Fairy Tales: Five Retellings of Bluebeard " by Rachel Ayers (
For a history of the fairy tale, see my essay  "Bluebeard and the Bloody Chamber." For a fairy tale literature reading list, go here.

"John Crowley's Little, Big: A Fantasy Masterpiece Turns 40" by Jonathan Thornton (

"Neil Gaiman's Sandman taught me to be courageous in writing" by Susanna Clarke (The Guardian)

"Puck, Dreams and the Devil" by Rob Maslen (The City of Lost Books)

"Once, Twice, Thrice Upon a Time," three fairy-tale-inspired picture books/comics reviewed by Ben Hatke (The New York Times)

Lettura Patricotic Reading by Alcide Davide Campestrini

"On Mistaking Whales" by Bathsheba Demuth (Granta)

"Thirteen to One: New Stories for An Age of Disaster" by Marie Mutsuki Mockett (Emergence Magazine)

"The Stories I Haven't Been Told" by Jamie Figueroa (Emergence Magazine)

"Perth Poetry Festival Keynote Speech" by Annamaria Weldon (WA Poets Inc)

"Make It a Love Story" by Sophie Strand (FB post, 14 Sept)

"Atascosa Borderlands" by Jack Dash and Luke Swenson (Emergence Magazine)

"The Other House: Musings on the Diné Perspective of Time" by Jake Skeets (Emergence Magazine)

"Remember" (poem) by Joy Harjo (Emergence Magazine)

"Take Place" by Terry Tempest Williams, on the work of N. Scott Momaday (Paris Review)

"Hiraeth and Hwyl," a series of lovely essays curated by Pamela Petro (The Clearing)
...follow the link and read from the bottom post upward

"As the Seasons Progress: the Wood Engravings of Claire Leighton" by Angie Lewin (Caught by the River)

"On Stealing Time to Make Art in an Overcrowded Life" by Jackie Morris (LitHub)

"In Praise of the Meander" by Rebecca Solnit (LitHub)

Schoolgirls Reading by Nikolai Petrovitch and Josephina Reading by Antonio López

And some Recommended Listening:

"Happily Ever After: Escaping the Forests of Loneliness," with Jack Zipes, Paul Quinn, and Maria Tatar (Apostrophe

"Kinship: Belonging in the World," a conversation between Robin Wall Kimmerer, John Hausdoerffer, and Gavin Van Horn (Point Reyes Books). You can also read a transcript here (Orion Magazine).

"Kinship & Belonging in a World of Relations," a conversation between Gavin Van Horn and Rowan White (Cultivating Place)

"Connecting to the land through traditional tales" with storyteller Lisa Schneidau (

"From Spare Oom to War Drobe," Katherine Langerish discusses her new book about Narnia (All About Jack: A C.S. Lewis Podcast)

"The Infernal Riddle of Historical Fantasy," a terrific conversation between L.J. MacWhirter, James Treadwell, Fraser Dallachy, Rob Maslen (The Centre for Fantasy & the Fantastic) ...and in relation to the discussion of creating systems of magic when writing fantasy, I also recommend this 2012 post by N.K. Jemisin and the conversation in the comments below (recently brought back to my attention by Charlie Jane Anders). Also Lev Grossman's 2015 lecture at Tolkien's old college in Oxford: "Fear and Loathing in Aslan's Land."

"The Hare - Old Turpin, Fast Traveller," a folk music playlist of songs about the folklore of hares (Folk Radio UK) For more on hare magic: The Folklore of Rabbits & Hares and Following the Hare. For an audio drama based on Fay Hield's song "Hare Spell" go here.

A Student, Paris, by Ethel Pennewill Brown Leach

The art above is "Leisure" by William Worcester Churchill, "Lettura Patricotic Reading" by Alcide Davide Campestrini, "Schoolgirls Reading" by Nikolai Petrovitch, J"osephina Reading" by Antonio López, and "A Student, Paris," by Ethel Pennewill Brown Leach.