The Media Witch is Back! And so is AMERICAN HORROR STORY…

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Didja miss me?I have been on a lengthy hiatus due to an extremely busy autumn...but, I am back just in time, as the witchiest month of all begins to heat up...(insert gratuitous cackle here)Hot on the heels of that amazing lunar eclipse, we had the premiere of a cray-ray new season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, this one about a creepy carnival, naturally enough, called FREAKSHOW. The amazing cast is back and from the looks of things, ready to rock...check out the inimitable Jessica … [Read more...]

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New Arthurian film series: Guy Ritchie, SOA’s Charlie Hunnam…yes, please

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Some exciting news this week! Deadline.com announces a new film series about the Arthurian saga helmed by director Guy Ritchie (best known for his debut film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and its companion piece which is very smiler, Snatch, as well as the steampunky Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey, Jr and Jude Law--also was Madonna's husband for a few years). The King Arthur series is rumored to be in the works as a SIX-PART series; whoa! (Here is a thought, Guy; why not do it as a TV … [Read more...]

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A Fitting Memorial for Margot Adler… a Bench in Her Beloved Central Park

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Just saw this on Facebook, via Margot Adler's page. One of Margot's friends from NPR is spearheading an idea to get a bench installed in her name in Central Park, near where she lived. For those who don't know, Margot walked in Central Park as often as she could and was an avid birder (she even reported on birding for National Public Radio).The message was as follows: "From: Ken Barcus, NPR. Many of you have asked about ways to honor Margot’s memory. After discussions with a few of her clos … [Read more...]

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Shocking and Sad: Rest in Peace, Margot Adler

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I have just learned of the passing of NPR journalist, author of the important book Drawing Down the Moon and practicing pagan Margot Adler. Margot was a friend to me and to many. Her intelligence, warmth, humor and passionate curiosity were shared with any and all who knew her personally or who enjoyed her writings or reports on NPR.Her son Alex posted this today on her Facebook page:"Old friends, long time fans, today at 4am Margot breathed easily for the first time in two weeks. Later … [Read more...]

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Has Pagan Environmentalism Failed? Yes, Yes, A Resounding Yes.

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I mean, DUH.The modern pagan revival, birthed in England in the early 1950s and making its way Stateside by the mid-1960s (more or less), occurred at a time of social upheaval and turbulence unequaled in the 20th century. Despite neo-paganism's emergence in England within a fairly conservative sociopolitical population, its equivalent in the United States was seen as an outgrowth of increasingly liberal social mores: the Civil Rights movement, the women's liberation movement, the sexual … [Read more...]

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Review: PLAIN JANE: THE SHOCKUMENTARY

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Jane Hash is an artist, healer, blogger and activist. She is also barely three feet tall. Born with a genetic condition that left her with multiple fractures, her health was compromised for most of her youth, and her mobility limited by the fragility of her bones. As an adult, Jane seems like a powerhouse of energy, humor, and no-nonsense ass-kicking. Her podcast "Hash it Out with Jane" gives voice to her activism and consciousness raising.But don't take my word for it: see her hilarious and … [Read more...]

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Happy Fifth Birthday Patheos!

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Well really it was yesterday but boy, has it been a busy week! Yesterday was also the cross quarter day of Beltane (for this who like to observe the exact cross quarter in addition to the traditional festival day of May 1st) so that seems fitting. The cross quarter days fall nicely midway between the season changes, but seem, in the Western Hemisphere, anyway, to signal the "true" beginning of the season, hence, Beltane is really when spring begins! Sure looks like it here in upstate NY with … [Read more...]

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Horror-inspired Apparel! THE SHINING and TWIN PEAKS, now in scary wearable form…

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And I don't mean schlocky t-shirts...Despite Facebook's increasingly annoying propensity for not showing me very much of anything I want to see anymore, I did happen upon two interesting items this week.First, some sneakers inspired by TWIN PEAKS. (Here's a bunch of them on Ebay: you will note some of them have a black and blue color theme, while some have red, black and green; the latter ones seem to have that crazy zig zag pattern from the Red Room on the bottom soles).If you … [Read more...]

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THE WICKER MAN meets THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT? Really?

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I am not a fan of movie teaser articles that use the word "meets" in this way but the trailer for this new film APOCALYPTIC does seem to justify the headline from movie pilot.com that has just come over the transom today...It's from Australia, and very low budget (less than $10,000, which is CRAZY!), and in one of my favorite (if beleaguered, these days) categories of horror, the found footage genre. Though it wasn't the first film to use the found footage conceit, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT … [Read more...]

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