Out of oxygen, algae, and a grain of calcium carbonate, the oyster came to be.
let white rush in
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We have decided to dedicate The Charcoal Issue to fairy tales as forms of resistance and protest.
Scruple convinces Gargamel to locate the quill, which is protected by fire-breathing griffins in Castle Quill
We’re thrilled to announce our Pushcart Prize nominations, all from The Ochre Issue. Poetry: Christopher Citro, “We’re Actually Fabulous” Laura Grothaus, “Pinocchio Revisited” Rebecca Perea-Kane, “The Kunstkamera, St. Petersburg” Prose: Courtney Bird, “The Diamond Girl” Muriel Leung, “How to Fall in Love in a Time of Unnameable Disaster” Rachel Richardson, “The Bear’s Wife” We wish […]
Sometimes, house-dwelling bears and house-dwelling humans can actually seem to get along.
Interspecies romances, or animal brides and bridegrooms, are a staple of fairy tales. Often, the animal object of affection is actually a human who has been transformed, and this animal guise unsurprisingly makes romance difficult. Above: An interspecies courtship in Baroness d’Aulnoy’s “The White Cat” In “The She Bear” from Giambattista Basile’s 1634 collection of […]
Once in the woods, the criminals chicken out and simply abandon the children
In Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen,” there is a mirror that distorts the world into extremes of beauty and ugliness. The wholesome love between childhood friends Gerda and Kay is threatened when Kay receives a splinter of the mirror in his eye and becomes aggressively unable to see the beauty in anything but the […]