The Light Fantastic: Here We Go Again

We begin in media res, falling off the Disc into the endless expanse of nothing below. The Octavo, half a world away and mourning the loss of its eighth spell, readjusts reality to bring Rincewind and Twoflower back onto the Disc, which accidentally turns the librarian into an orangutan. Meanwhile, the wizards of Unseen UniversityContinue reading “The Light Fantastic: Here We Go Again”

The Color of Magic: An Introduction to Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld

Most everyone who has read the Discworld series by Sir Terry Pratchett advises not to start with The Color of Magic. Terry himself said this book was “written in protest” about a genre that he loved, but contained “too many dark lords, too much lack of thought”.  My fatal flaw is that I’m stubborn, soContinue reading “The Color of Magic: An Introduction to Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld”

An Evening with Neil Gaiman

There’s a short list of people on this earth that I consider to be a personal celebrity. Over the years, I’ve encountered A-list actors, B-list performers, and various other singers, voice actors, dancers, politicians, childhood heroes, and even the odd and occasional circus act.  Last night, I attended An Evening with Neil Gaiman, a culminationContinue reading “An Evening with Neil Gaiman”

Les Fleurs du Mal

A view from the Harry Ransom Center Pictured high in both Ransom Center Atrias, the image of Charles Baudelaire’s scandalous flower from his 1857 poetry collection, Les fleurs du mal stands tall. As part of the Ransom Center’s French Literature Collection, this rare first edition of Les fleurs du mal features the namesake Flower ofContinue reading “Les Fleurs du Mal”

Hidden Room’s “The Duchess of Malfi”

“In a Hidden Room somewhere within 311 W 7th Street” is the location for Hidden Room Theater’s production of The Duchess of Malfi. The tragic show kicks off the month of October with a wonderfully macabre tone. Playing in the York Rite Masonic Lodge through October 20, Hidden Room brings the Renaissance to Austin andContinue reading “Hidden Room’s “The Duchess of Malfi””

The Garden of Earthly Delights: an ineffable SXSW experience

The apocalypse started in Austin not with a bang, but with a wine dispensing tree. The Garden of Earthly Delights, a SXSW activation, kicked off the end of days with an out of this world celebration of Amazon Prime’s “Good Omens” – a series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel “Good Omens:Continue reading “The Garden of Earthly Delights: an ineffable SXSW experience”

Bolshoi Adaptation of Cinderella

Countless adaptations of Cinderella have graced the Russian stage, but the 1992 Maksimova-Vasiliev production provides an interesting structuralist approach. The departures the ballet makes from the Russian tale The Golden Slipper gives Cinderella more agency as a female character. In addition to changes in the basic plot, the characteristics of ballet as a form ofContinue reading “Bolshoi Adaptation of Cinderella”

The Role of Dreams and Magic in a Developing Christian Society

Known as an outlaw, Gisli Sursson’s societal position in the eyes of the law influence the role of magic in his saga. His given outlaw status shifts the type of magic he practices from prophetic to nightly torment from the dream women. In using the reoccurring dream women as a conduit, Gisli Sursson’s dreams shiftContinue reading “The Role of Dreams and Magic in a Developing Christian Society”

Devil in the Details: Consumerism in Southern Gothic

Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” operates under the genre of Southern Gothic. While traditional gory Gothic themes are understated in her work, Gothic elements such as architecture and the sublime remain ever present and pervasive. Set during a time after the Civil War, the role of consumerism and oldContinue reading “Devil in the Details: Consumerism in Southern Gothic”

Metatheatricality in “The Importance of Being Earnest”

The Importance of Metatheatricality The metatheatricality of The Importance of Being Earnest constantly establishes and tests the societal norms of Victorian England. Oscar Wilde’s hides societal satire beneath an aesthetic façade characterized by hilarity and romance. In this theatrical piece, Wilde’s witty and vivid characters push their assigned roles in a manner reminiscent of hisContinue reading “Metatheatricality in “The Importance of Being Earnest””