Last week’s newsletter about that yearning for the lost past that we call nostalgia set me to thinking about a symmetrical yearning in the other direction, a yearning for the future. So far as I know there is no name for such a feeling, and, given the temper of the times, some…
What is the use of nostalgia, this yearning over the vanished past, this clinging to what is gone and will not come again? On Mother’s Day, I stood over…
Last week, at a concert, an amiable parking lot attendant thanked us for being more pleasant to deal with than his previous customer. He offered no…
The Northman, directed by Robert Eggers, has appeared more or less in conjunction with Shakespeare’s birthday on April 23, the connection being that the…
Last week I raised the issue of the frequent, sometimes intense disapproval of popular storytelling in our time: of the “category fiction” that sells…
In the previous newsletter, I quoted the great fantasist Ursula Le Guin’s disparaging remarks about what is commonly called formula fiction or category…
Here there be dragons. According to a common piece of folklore, that inscription appears at the margins of maps in the olden days. What it really…
The first rule in the Manual for Quest Adventures is, “Always leave the beaten path and get lost in the woods”—a rule that counts double for April…
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