From E.L. Konigsburg, “The Second Mrs. Gioconda”

"Festival," he explained to Salai, "is like lightning. It has no history, and it has no future. It lights up everything for a brief second. It passes. It leaves nothing of itself save its effect. The lightning itself is never there to be pawed over by future generations. A pageant, dear Salai, gives an artist a chance to zigzag through time like lightning, like a wild, irresponsible thing." … [Read more...]

“7 Konigsburg Takes”: Leah Libresco

in honor of the late EL Konigsburg. … [Read more...]

“A Child’s Garden of Sacrifice”

You should be reading your kids Oscar Wilde. … [Read more...]

“Pushkin Becomes a Little Girl’s Passport”

I review the children's book Letters from Rifka, at Acculturated. Thanks to NJMKW for suggesting it! … [Read more...]

“Hope Away from Home”

In which I write up Laurence Yep's terrific children's book, The Serpent's Children. Review is spoilerous; book is highly recommended. With bonus resilience-and-sensitivity reference.... … [Read more...]

“Footprintz in the Sands of Time”

In which I write up a Transcendentalist children's fantasy novel. For real! … [Read more...]

“Reading Ray Bradbury in the Soviet Union”

possibly via Jesse Walker? Anyway, they make dandelion wine! Sort of. … [Read more...]


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