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Halloween and American Traditions in Germany

First of all, here is a plug: The cross publisher bundle of horror and dark fantasy fiction that Julie of Bards & Sages Publishing has set up at DriveThruFiction for Halloween is still available. The bundle includes Letters from the … Continue reading

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales at 200

Today, December 20th, 2012, marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen – Fairy Tales for Children and for the Home by Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm. Like so many books destined to become classics, it was … Continue reading

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Adventures in Wedding Interpretation

Regular readers may remember that I had an interpreter job at a preparatory meeting for an intercultural civil wedding last month. Well, the wedding was today and because the registry clerk liked how I did my job the last time, … Continue reading

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Tarzan, Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, Shreck and The Persuaders and adapting globalized pop culture to local tastes

The Jewish interest webzine The algemeiner (The spelling is theirs) has an interesting article about the Israeli obsession with Tarzan (found via Charles Tan). Apparently, the Tarzan obsession in Israel was so great once upon a time that plenty of … Continue reading

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Culture, Representation and Diversity

Apparently, there is something in the air regarding the US cultural dominance and how can marginalize or outright erase other viewpoints. Joyce Chng wrote about it, Aliette de Bodard wrote about it, I wrote about it (here and here). Now … Continue reading

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Historical fiction and cultural assumptions

Lately, I have been blogging about my frustrations with historical fiction and film more than once. It seems that Lynne Connolly shares my frustrations with the inaccuracy of many historical romances. At any rate, she writes about titles, inheritances, entails, … Continue reading

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Three Times Hallelujah and Your Mama

Today, I chanced to hear the song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen three times in a single day. Which is quite unusual, because even though there are umpteen thousand cover versions, it isn’t played all that often. The first time was … Continue reading

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