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The quest for the grail is an extended metaphor.  The grail itself (graal in Middle English) is nothing.  Okay, it’s a shallow serving dish. The story of the quest for the grail is not about finding a shallow serving dish.  If it’s about finding anything, it’s about finding one’s self. The usual hero of the […]

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You’d have to have your head in the sand to not be aware that the whole world is on tenterhooks to find out what happens to Harry Potter. Pollsters tell us that 17% of Potter fans intend to flip to the last page of the book rather than let the story unfold. Frankly, the way […]

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Possibly the most astonishing thing, for me anyway, about Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano is that it has managed to fly under my radar for so long.  I’ve been obsessed with it this past week, and have been doing some research, and have found, among other things, that it is rated as the 11th best […]

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On Friday, there was a happening in Vienna, Austria.  Ten iconoclasts stood around in full Santa garb on Mariahilferstrasse, offering to cut credit cards in half and suggesting that spending time with family might be a more appropriate way to celebrate the Christmas season than going shopping.  The rogue Santas have been doing this for […]

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In The Importance of Being Earnest, Miss Prism sums up a novel that she wrote and lost many years before, saying, “The good ended happily, the bad unhappily.  That’s what ‘fiction’ means.” Will the guys in the white hats out-gun the guys in the black hats?  You can count on it.  Will Wile E. Coyote […]

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