Pressed for time? Sick of Thor, and yes, even Harry Potter? Had enough of the usual slick boy vampires? Take 2 episodes of Adventure Time and call us in the morning. We aren’t kidding. We over at Magically Real HQ have just been made aware of Cartoon Network’s resplendent, slightly pomo, a tiny bit queer, … Continue reading Need a quick Magically Real Fix? Never Fear! The miniature postmodern chivalric romance is here! For Kids! With Princesses!
His Chinese name is Sun Wukong. He’s linked with the Hindu god, Hanuman, and he's a video-game character with games on just about every console, a longtime manga hero (the Yanks at Marvel just snapped him up as of 09/11), a rock band, and he’s played by Jet Li, opera singers, and ballet dancers in … Continue reading Long Live his (simian) Majesty: A brief fun-down of the Monkey King’s hall of fame
What is more glorious than television? video-games? The internet? movies? Real bodies in a really small theater crying real tears. Looking you in the eye when they do it. All the while pretending to be people they are not. The theater is perhaps the most embodied example of the magically real, where you go to … Continue reading Magic that Remembers: Son Of Semele premieres What the Moon Saw or I only appear to be dead
Most of us talk about longevity, but few of us dare to imagine ourselves as REALLY old. AND fabulous. Living, not in a hospital, but in a hotel. Wearing a thick diamond clasp on one ear as we place our deeply wrinkled countenances in a suggestive side by side with a smooth skinned young man, … Continue reading Voguing the (im)possible: Beauty, sex, and fashion at 80, 90, and 120 in Vogue Magazine’s September 2011 Issue
Fernando Pessoa, an obscure but beloved poet and intellectual from turn of the century Lisbon, created 72 alternate personalities who wrote and created complex work, had complicated lives, and who were -- of course -- geniuses. The "heteronym" Pessoa explained, was not to be confused with a "pseudonym". While a pseudonym represented simply an alternate … Continue reading Heteronyms unite! A review of Mania Klepto by an unreal person
Puppets are a big deal over here at Magically Real HQ. We like them all: marionettes, hand-puppets, finger puppets, shadow-puppets, oversize-Bunraku puppets, Sesame Street and Crank Yankers, action figures of various descriptions, sock puppets, and even hands remaking themselves in silhouette -- flowing into shadow shapes on illuminated walls. The Encyclopedia Britannica online (http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/483732/puppetry) tells … Continue reading Weird Figures: a Brief History of Puppets
How best to bear witness to the unthinkable, the horrible, and atrocious, the unforgettable? Art has been asking that question ever since the ILIAD. It is interesting to us at MAGICALLY REAL that the Holocaust continues to pose just such a challenge, despite the many novels written about it, and the scores of films made … Continue reading X-Men First Class and Sarah’s Key: The Shoah one more time