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Carcassonne, a Day in Verse

Oh! Dear readers, do please accept
apologies, for I have kept
away too long, and long delayed
more stories of our escapades.

Imagine now an ancient city,
fortified, and very pretty.
Up to the walls march our young heroes.
Unarmed with any sword or spear, so
luckily equipped with minds astute,
we snuck in through the tourist route.… Read More

Dancing and War

This week’s reading for my individual study was an anthology of fairy tale retellings. As is generally the case with anthologies, some stories were stronger than others, but the ones that really struck me tended to recontextualize the source material in a wholly unexpected way. We’re used to retellings from the villain’s point of view, excusing his or her actions. We’re also used to feminist reworkings of popular stories like “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella” in which the heroine is given a much less passive role. These are not the kind I’m talking about.… Read More