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Laura Anne Gilman, Silver on The Road

Cover of Laura Anne Gilman's Silver on the Road

One of the things I most love about Laura Anne Gilman’s fantasy/paranormal books is the way she takes folklore and myth and makes it her own, rendering the familiar into something new and strange, but at the same time, coherent and consistent. She excels at world building. I think Silver…

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Donne’s A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy’s Day

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Jason P. Sneed on the Social Function of Humor

Jason P. Sneed on Twitter on 8/9/2016: 1. I wrote my PhD dissertation on the social function of humor (in literature & film) and here’s the thing about “just joking.” 2. You’re never “just joking.” Nobody is ever “just joking.” Humor is a social act that performs a social function…

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