I knew I was going to have to be hunkered-in today because of the storm that's been blasting the Northeast, so on my way home yesterday I stopped off at the bookstore to pick up this collection of new, re-envisioned fairy tales, which I'm enjoying very much. I'm only a few stories in, but already I'm finding them delightfully creepy and fun.
I have a sense that a proliferation of magical stories, especially fairy tales, is correlated to a growing awareness of human separation from the wild and natural world. In fairy tales, the human and animal worlds are equal and mutually dependent. The violence, suffering, and beauty are shared. Those drawn to fairy tales, perhaps, wish for a world that might live "forever after." ~Kate Bernheimer, from the Introduction to My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me