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Reprise on Bricolage

  A couple years back, people linked to Lev Grossman’s list of twenty things he’d like to see in fantasy novels. Discussion of lists like this can slow to a halt when writers pop up, issuing long comments about how … Continue reading

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Into the Woods: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough This is a show, and a movie, about what we want. Do you really know what you’re wishing for? If and when you get it, will it pan out? Or will you discover that what you … Continue reading

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Evolution in Creative Arts: Thoughts After a Kodo Performance

Kodo Tour

I saw the latest touring performance by Kodo last weekend, the “One Earth Tour 2015: Mystery.” This is the fourth time I’ve seen them and the performance was – as usual – remarkable and stunning. It was also very different … Continue reading

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Writing: Where history, fantasy, and science fiction intersect

  I was pretty excited when I found out that Judith Tarr’s Arrows of the Sun was going to be included in the Indie Fantasy Bundle along with one of my own works, Lhind the Thief. The two couldn’t be more … Continue reading

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Praise — and Advice — for Millennials

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I went to a wedding last weekend. Both the brides and most of the non-family guests were folks in their twenties — the millennial generation. And once again I was reminded how much I like kids today. As a card-carrying … Continue reading

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Memorable Foods in Fiction

  When I think back to memorable food I’ve encountered in my reading, the earliest is the lovingly described melted cheese on fresh bread in Heidi, and the warm, creamy milk. Reading that book as an eight year old gave … Continue reading

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The Great Divorce: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  In December we went downtown to see a stage version of The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis. It was produced by the Fellowship for Performing Arts, which is best known for its hit production of The … Continue reading

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Letting Go of Nostalgia

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I think I’m done with nostalgia. It was the holiday season that made me realize it. I wanted to do something special for Christmas, but for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out what that should be. From the … Continue reading

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For God’s Sake, Put On Some Clothes (mark II)

Note: Your Mileage May Vary. Last night my husband and I found ourselves watching The Transporter the way you do after a major holiday: flopped on the couch, too tired to move, watching The Thing That’s On because where’s the … Continue reading

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BVC Eats: Smoking Bishop

by Brenda W. Clough It is said of modern novels that, whatever other problems the characters have, at least they can have a lot of sex. This cannot be said of literary characters of the past, when the emotional side … Continue reading

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