This month’s Tiny Donkey short essay “Hungover and Fever Dreaming” by Brittany Hailer is a vivid evocation of Angela Carter’s classic short story, “The Tiger’s Bride.”
Another great Fairy-Tale Files, this week by Fairy Tale Review managing editorJoel Hans, finds coyotes in Tohono O’odhom folklore, cartoons, and Tucson.
Joel Hodgson has launched a $2 million Kickstarter to bring back Mystery Science Theater 3000! As a longtime viewer and someone who spends every Thanksgiving now watching Hodgson stream old episodes of MST3K online, I’m more than willing to donate a lot of money for a brand new season of cheesy movie riffing. The minimum goal would result in three new episodes, and the stretch goal of $5.5 million would result in 12 new episodes. The sky seems to be the limit as fans have already responded enthusiastically and generously on the first day of the project.
The latest “Fairy-Tale Files” from Fairy Tale Review finds “Orpheus and Eurydice” adapted through the ages to different media
When I learned that my favorite director directed one of my favorite singer’s latest music videos, I was extremely hopeful, but I never expected one of the best music videos ever filmed. Xavier Dolan has crafted for Adele’s latest single “Hello” a video masterpiece full of setting, movement, and emotion. The lovely sepia tone colors the nostalgia and angst one expects from a song by Adele, and it also helps emphasize the dust, leaves, and other fine elements in movement on the screen. Dolan’s camera choices in his work are always a highlight. I love the frame when Adele moves her head before opening her eyes and looking directly at the camera as the music starts.
“Snow White and The Apple” by Jayme Russell is a beautiful new essay on erasure poems, fairy tales, and craft, written in the style of Maggie Nelson’s Bluets. It is also a gorgeous realization of the promise of short form, fairy-tale nonfiction, a genre for which the online journal Tiny Donkey has become a wonderful repository. Russell also provides several images of her erasure poems below the essay. Vibrant with color and often sharp like knives, there is something wonderfully fairy tale about these poem.
Okay, enough is enough. Another soon-to-be-disowned family-or-friend told me today they don’t like Tobey Maguire. At all. This all-too-frequent conversation generally goes something like this:
Me: “Oh, and I really like the Spider-Man movies, too.”
Them: “Yeah, I didn’t watch them. I don’t like Tobey Maguire.”
Me: “What! Why?”
Them: “I don’t know. I just don’t like him.”
Me: “But he seems so nice and I’ve read nice things about him and he’s wonderful and unicorns and rainbows.”
Them: “Meh. Don’t like him.”
Me: Unicorn tears.
Repeat several times over the years. Repeat with Keanu Reeves. Repeat with Riley, Buffy’s boyfriend in seasons 4 and 5. Oh, and repeat with Luke Skywalker, because everyone seems to think Han Solo is sooo much better.
Well, I’ve had enough! Stop telling me how much you don’t like who I do like! Maybe we should just talk about who we all like instead. Idris Elba, of course. Michael Fassbender. All the actors who have played Marvel and DC characters except for, you guessed it, Tobey Maguire, which just baffles me! How can anyone not like Tobey Maguire!?
Yes, I know I kept saying I didn’t like Bradley Cooper and I had no idea why, but now that I want to have his babies I don’t want to talk about who I don’t like any more. I like everyone. Except for the asshats. And I never said I didn’t like Hugh Jackman!
But you’re wrong; Tobey Maguire is super likeable! He was a great Peter Parker/Spider-Man. He was a great Devon Morehouse and Nick Carraway. He was in Pleasantville and Seabiscuit, for goodness sakes! He’s always been great and he will always be great.
Great, I say!