"Joy and pleasure are as real as pain and sorrow and one must learn what they have to teach. . . ." -- Sean Russell, from Gatherer of Clouds

"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

"I love you and I'm not afraid." -- Evanescence, "My Last Breath"

“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Reviews: Books: Art, Folklore, and Nonfiction


John Luther Adams: The Place Where You Go to Listen: In Search of an Ecology of Music

Robert Adams: Summer Nights
-- Summer Nights

Handan Nezir Akmese: The Birth of Modern Turkey: The Ottoman Military and the March to World War I

Ellen Alderman and Caroline Kennedy: In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights in Action

Michael Andre-Driussi: Lexicon Urthus -- A Dictionary of the Urth Cycle
-- The Wizard Knight Companion -- A Lexicon for Gene Wolfe's The Knight and The Wizard


Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh & Henry Lincoln: Holy Blood, Holy Grail

W. R. J. Barron, editor: The Arthur of the English: The Arthurian Legend and Medieval English Life and Literature

Audrey L. Becker and Kristin Noone, eds.: Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Culture

Jasmine Becket-Griffith: Gothic Art Now

Hector Berlioz: The Musical Madhouse

Bettina Bildhauer & Robert Mills, editors: The Monstrous Middle Ages

Jayme Lynn Blaschke: Voices of Vision

John Boswell: Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe

Joseph Bristow, ed.: Oscar Wilde and Modern Culture: The Making of a Legend

Stephen J. Brooks; Alexander Asenby's Great Adventure; Creatures of the Night

Frank Browning: A Queer Geography


Pauline Campanelli: The Wheel of the Year

Joseph W. Campbell: The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension
-- The Flight of the Wild Gander: Explorations in the Mythological Dimension (Note: This is a new review, written fifteen years after the previous.)
-- Myths of Light: Eastern Metaphors of the Eternal
-- The Hero’s Journey
-- The Hero With A Thousand Faces

Ciaran Carson: The Táin

Humphrey Carter: Benjamin Britten: A Biography

Andrew Chevallier: The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants

Emmanuel Cooper: Fully Exposed: The Male Nude in Photography

Kerr Cuhulain: Full Contact Magick: A Book of Shadows for the Wiccan Warrior

Scott Cunningham and David Harrington: The Magical Household


Garth Dahl: Masks from Around the World: A Personal Collection

Avram Davidson: Adventures in Unhistory: Conjectures on the Factual Foundations of Several Ancient Legends

Michael Davidson: The Classical Piano Sonata from Haydn to Prokofiev

William E. Deal: Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan

Frank de Caro and Rosan Augusta Jordan: Re-Situating Folklore: Folk Contexts and Twentieth-Century Literature and Art

Jean-Marie Déguignet, Bernez Rouz, and Linda Asher: Memoirs of a Breton Peasant

Samuel R. Delany: About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews

Vine Deloria: God is Red: A Native View of Religion

Isak Dinesen: Out of Africa/Shadows on the Grass


William Eggleston and John Szarkowski: William Eggleston's Guide

Jonathan R. Eller and William F. Touponce: Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction


Toby Faber: Stradivari’s Genius: Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection

Glenn Fabry: Preacher: Dead or Alive

Suraiya Faroqhi: Subjects of the Sultan: Culture and Daily Life in the Ottoman Empire
-- The Ottoman Empire and the World Around It

Peter Faulkner and Peter Preston eds.: William Morris: Centenary Essays

Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner (editors): Spectrum 12: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
-- Spectrum 13: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art
-- Spectrum 15: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
-- and Irene Gallo: r/evolution: The Art of Jon Foster

Michael Ferguson: Little Joe Superstar: The Films of Joe Dallesandro

R. F. Foster: Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change, 1970-2000

Jane Frank: Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary

Jim French: Men

Friends of Photography, Ronald J. Hill: Eikoh Hosoe

Judit Frigyesi: Béla Bartók and Turn-of-the-Century Budapest

Brian Froud: The Secret Sketchbooks of Brian Froud


Robert E. Gaebel: Cavalry Operations in the Ancient Greek World

David Gerrold: Worlds of Wonder

John Gimlette: Theatre of Fish

Greg Gorman: Just Between Us

Earnest Gouge: Totkv Mocvse/New Fire: Creek Folktales

Robert Graves: The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth

James Green: The Male Herbal

Joan Greene: A Chicago Tradition: Hotels and Hospitality / Marshall Field’s Food and Fashion

James Gunn: Inside Science Fiction
-- and Matthew Candelaria (editors): Speculations on Speculation: Theories of Science Fiction


Terri Hardin, editor: Legends & Lore of the American Indians

Constance W. Hassett: Christina Rossetti: The Patience of Style

Bernd Heinrich: The Mind of the Raven

Jerry Hewitt and Daryl F. Mallett (editors): The Work of Jack Vance: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide

Barbara Hitchcock: The Polaroid Book

Daithi Ó hÓgáin: The Lore of Ireland: An Encyclopedia of Myth, Legend and Romance

Eikoh Hosoe (Ronald J.Hill): Eikoh Hosoe

Peter Hujar: Peter Hujar


Graham Jackson: The Secret Lore of Gardening: Patterns of Male Intimacy

Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn (editors): The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction


Larry Kanfer: Prairiescapes

Susan Maxine Klein: Mid-Century Plastic Jewelry

Michael J. King: Lobster

Maxine Hong Kingston: To Be the Poet


Peter Laki: Bartók and His World

Larousse German Dictionary

Carol Lloyd: Creating a Life Worth Living


William P. Malm: Music Cultures of the Pacific, the Near East, and Asia

Allan Marett: Songs, Dreamings, and Ghosts — The Wangga of North Australia

Peter Matheissen and Robert Batemen: The Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes

Ernst Mayr: What Evolution Is

Iain McCaig: Shadowline: The Art of Iain McCaig

James McCourt: Queer Street: Rise and Fall of an American Culture

Malachy McCourt: The Claddagh Ring

Colin McPhee: A House in Bali
-- A House in Bali

Farah Mendlesohn, ed.: On Joanna Russ

Gordon Menzies, ed.: In Search of Scotland

Richard Meyer: Outlaw Representation

Yasuko Kosaka Mitamura: Let's Learn Hiragana

David Moats: Civil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage


National Audubon Society: Field Guide to North American Wildflowers (Eastern)

J.E. Neale: Queen Elizabeth I

Ruth S. Noel: The Languages of Tolkien’s Middle-earth


Carol J. Oja: Colin McPhee: Composer in Two Worlds

Mary Oliver: A Poetry Handbook

Luis Ortiz: Emshwiller: Infinity x Two: The Art and Life of Ed and Carol Emshwiller


Joseph Paduano: The Art of Infrared Photography

Arthur Peacocke & Ann Pederson: The Music of Creation

Vlado Perlemuter and Hèléne Jourdan-Morhange: Ravel According to Ravel

Julie Phillips: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon

Robert Piepenburg: The Spirit of Clay

Aleksander Pluskowski: Wolves and Wilderness in the Middle Ages

Harrison G. Pope, et al.: The Adonis Complex

Jay Pridmore: Soldier Field


James Riordan: The Sun Maiden & the Crescent Moon: Siberian Folk Tales

Spider Robinson: The Crazy Years: Reflections from a Science Fiction Original

Ned Rorem: Knowing When To Stop

Michael Rose: Berlioz Remembered

A. L. Rowse: Bosworth Field and the Wars of the Roses
-- Bosworth Field & the Wars of the Roses

Tim Rudman: The Master Photographer's Lith Printing Course

Merritt Ruhlen: The Origin of Language


John Scalzi: You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop — Scalzi on Writing

Darrell Schweitzer (editor): The Neil Gaiman Reader

Kurt Schwitters, Jack Zipes (trans.): Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales

Ladislas Segy: Masks of Black Africa

Laura Shamas: We Three: The Mythology of Shakespeare’s Weird Sisters

Rajesh Singh: Human Species & Beyond

John W. Stamper: North Michigan Avenue

Joseph Stanton: The Important Books: Children's Books as Art and Literature

Arnold Steinhardt: Violin Dreams

John L. Stephens: Incidents of Travel in the Yucatan

Hyemeyohsts Storm: Seven Arrows

Richard A. Straw and H. Tyler Blethen (editors): High Mountains Rising

Ron J. Suresha: The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin

Colin Symes: Setting the Record Straight: A Material History of Classical Recording

Benjamin Szumskyj, ed.: Studies in Fantasy Literature (Issue #1)


Mark Thompson: Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning

Kevin Thurman and Julian Darius: Voyage in Noise: Warren Ellis and the Demise of Western Civilization

Kathleen Tigerman: Wisconsin Indian Literature

Robert M. Tilendis: An Interview With Glen Cook
-- An Interview with Steven Brust

Wolfgang Tillmans: If One Thing Matters, Everything Matters


Jack Vance: This is Me, Jack Vance!

Alex Vernon: On Tarzan

Piers Vitebsky: The Reindeer People: Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia


Helen Ward: The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

Bruce Weber: Bear Pond
-- Bear Pond

Sally Webster: Eve’s Daughter/Modern Woman: A Mural by Mary Cassatt

Sharon Aronofsky Weltman: Ruskin's Mythic Queen: Gender Subversion in Victorian Culture

Wim Wenders: Once
-- Once: Pictures and Stories

Gary Westfahl: Hugo Gernsback and the Century of Science Fiction

Edward Weston: The Daybooks of Edward Weston

Raymond Wiggers: Geology Underfoot in Illinois

Kate Wilhelm: Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop

Jack Williamson: Wonder's Child

David Wojnarowicz: Close to the Knives

Denis Wood and John Fels: The Natures of Maps


Jack Zipes: Hans Christian Andersen: The Misunderstood Storyteller
-- Beautiful Angiola: The Great Treasury of Sicilian Folk and Fairy Tales Collected by Laura Gonzenbach

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