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Tigers in Lavender

Some years ago I was watching the Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home, produced by Martin Scorsese. There was a scene of Dylan on stage in London 1n 1965, possibly 1966 (I haven’t re-watched the film), that had been shot from a balcony, using what...

On Allegory: For Mythcon

I have been thinking about allegory recently, in no particularly rigorous way. Allegory is what I’d have talked about at Mythcon, and though the venue here might be a bit inadequate I will make some remarks that I hope are suggestive, or at least...

Native Advantage Questions

What do you do best? Conceive and create fictions that are real -- emotionally engaging and thought-provoking – and that draw on elements of the unreal for their power. What makes you the best? I somehow from earliest childhood had a facility for language: a...

Some Uses Of Narratives

Whether the current controversy about the lack of black nominees for major awards among this year's Oscar nominations is a tempest in a neti pot — a one-time statistical oddity on the path of real progress — or a genuine outcropping of pervasive and unacknowledged...

My Alices

[This little piece was first posted to LiveJournal long ago, and then appeared in the magazine of the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, where my papers are lodged.] A critical (best sense) reader of my work once wrote an entire essay about allusions to and...