Stories have power, and not just the big ones, the myths and legends. The narratives we spin to explain our choices to ourselves, our small personal mythologies, those have perhaps the most power of all. And, as Lee Conell reminds us in American Short Fiction’s November story, “A Guide to Sirens,” it’s dangerous when our fictions start to fall apart....more
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Fables and fairy tales and folk tales can compel us on their own, but they’re also ripe for reinvention. Some authors may take the skeleton of a centuries-old story and use it as the basis for something new; others may borrow the language or structure in order to apply them to something else entirely.
In the seventeenth century, country folk believed that the badger had legs on one side shorter than the other – the consensus was that the short legs were on the left.
The Public Domain Review looks at Pseudodoxia Epidemica, a bestiary written by author and physician Sir Thomas Browne that sought to dispel myths about unicorns, Noah’s Ark, and badgers....more
A story is different from an event . . . The event is what happens. A story is the mythology that rises from what happens. Often this mythology is where the real story, the truest story, lives.
Godzilla, great grey-green monster, rises up out of the ocean, makes his way toward Tokyo. Is always making his way toward Tokyo. Perpetually swimming in cold waters, bubble trail on the surface, until he nears land and comes screaming to the surface...more