Red Civility and the Wolf of Rudeness

“I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.” –Edmund Burke   I’ve been thinking about Little Red Riding Hood—specifically the scene where she confronts her “grandmother” about her new look.   “Oh Grandmother, what big…

The female roadtrip – Red Riding Hood Grows Up

A reader and friend brought an article in The Atlantic to my attention. It is entitled: It's Frustratingly Rare to Find a Novel About Women That's Not About Love "Literary girls don't take road-trips to find themselves; they take trips to find men." http://www.theatlantic.com/sexes/archive/2013/07/its-frustratingly-rare-to-find-a-novel-about-women-thats-not-about-love/277621/ Although the title is provocative enough to make anyone click the…

Adventures in Fairy Tale Land

As a child, when I read, heard and watched fairy tales it was always with a British accent. Mostly English, but occasionally Irish or Scottish. I was convinced, and movies seemed to back me up, that when Europeans congregated they all spoke English with an accent straight from Oxford. With that in mind, I assumed…