Root Bound
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Root Bound

“Root bound,” my mother said, texting me a photo of her fig tree and its delicate, ever-entwining trunk. “I’ve replanted it twice in its life, but it will need to be put in a bigger pot again soon.” She was gifting me the tree, after years of care, and was being up front about where … Continue reading

On Fable and Folklore
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On Fable and Folklore

I adore a good fairy tale, as long as it’s well done. For instance: George MacDonald. So when I read Harvard English professor, Stephen Burt’s take on Catherynne Valente’s five new Fairyland novels, I couldn’t help but be a bit intrigued and then fully charmed by her wildly inventive plot lines. After slogging my way through a … Continue reading