Curiosities // Summer 2017

I want to post more guys, but often all I have time for is a collection of fun/interesting/etc things I’ve read/seen on the Internet that I think my readers might like too :P. This list, for example, has been developing since… April maybe? Ugh. I’m sorry. That said, I’ve been looking around at some of my favorite blogs, and many of them seem to solve the problem of not being able to post real updates too often by simply posting “link roundups” and calling it a day. So I’m going to try that instead of waiting for when I have time to sit down and really write a post :). Having a quirky-clever title for these things seems par for the course, so I’m tentatively calling mine “Curiosities” (to fit with my website theme!) Here’s my first stab at one for Summer 2017… which I’m finally posting today, the first day of Autumn ;). –

x. First, registration for the Carterhaugh School’s current course on “Witches in Folklore and Literature” closes in just 8 days!! If you’ve been on the fence about taking one of Sara’s and my longer courses, I would highly recommend getting your feet wet with this one. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s going to be crazy cool!

Here’s a little ad/teaser I made for the class :).

x. Yes yes yes yes to this fantastic NYT op-ed “Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts” – if you’re wondering why #beautifulresistance is so necessary, so important, read this.

x. Kitten Witch and the Bad Vibes is probably my favorite thing on the Internet.

x. TeenVogue being awesome yet again – this time on cultural appropriation.

x. The Hjertefølgerne family is so inspiring to me. This is a beautiful video about their amazing home and the lives they’re building there.

x. Grimalkin, as frequent readers know, is the name of my sweet little girl kitten. It was also the Merriam-Webster Word of the Day this past April 17th! When witchy word nerds name cats… ;).

x. Speaking of cats, here’s Terri Windling talking about their folklore, their awesomeness, and their affinities with creative artists :)! <3

x. Pam Grossman made WITCH EMOJIS. Because she’s pretty much the coolest.

x. How to Become a Deadly Misandrist Fairy Vampire… because #lifegoals ;).

x. Lovely short NY Times video about all the supernatural stuff in fashion recently… I love the Autumn/Winter 2017 Alexander McQueen show they highlight in particular, and it’s not hard to see why: “[t]he collection is inspired by pagan landscapes, creative communities and ancient traditions of Cornwall particularly the “Cloutie” Trees. These spiritual trees are places of pilgrimage, their branches and twigs adorned with colourful ribbons and personal treasures representing the hopes and dreams of those who tied them” <3 <3 <3

x. At The Guardian, Meg Rosoff explain “What Richard Dawkins Could Learn from Goldilocks and the Three Bears” (hint: it’s kind of important! <3)

x. These guys are the wonder and awesome we need to see in the world <3

x. An excellent, *excellent* resource list for “critically engaged educators” compiled by the editors of the Journal of Folklore and Education. As they put it, “the field of folklore offers tools, strategies, and resources to help educators understand how culture influences ways of learning; creates and strengthens communities; and expresses itself in our schools, universities, museums, and community organizations.”

x. A seriously well-researched article on the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center’s new web archive and memes as folklore in Slate.

x. This article on the subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students is a really important read.

x. Del Toro’s Alt-Victorian fairy murder mystery Carnival Row is really happening!! I am ridiculously excited about this, obviously.

x. Becoming Dangerous: Witchy Femmes, Queer Conjurors, and Magical Rebels on Summoning the Power to Resist is a fabulous Kickstarter worthy of your support. While you’re there, you should probably consider backing the Last Unicorn Tarot too… just saying :P.

I hope you enjoyed this! Let me know what you think about this or any/all of the links above. I’ve been very sick for a while, and it cheers me to think I may have brightened your day :). Soon I hope to do a more in-depth post about actual news. I’ve been at awesome conferences, gotten some lovely writing news, and have been working crazily on the dissertation and other academic projects… but more on all that later. Where on earth does the time go…?

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