Heteronyms unite! A review of Mania Klepto by an unreal person

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

Weird Figures: a Brief History of Puppets

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

X-Men First Class and Sarah’s Key: The Shoah one more time

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

Youtopia? 3 Communities

Question:  What do NOLOSE, Comic-Con, and Animal Crossing have in common? Answer:  They all propose alternative, utopian spaces where the attendee/player can develop alternate identity(ies), meet new people, and obtain a different sense of embodiment. Here’s a rundown. nolose: the revolution just got bigger BUT DON’T CALL US A UTOPIA (YET) Boasting a Facebook page … Continue reading Youtopia? 3 Communities

Magically Real explains the Harry Potter craze, part 2 — sources

Dear Magically Real: I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 yesterday, and it was pretty good. I liked how they freed the dragon and I like Neville’s speech to the bad guys,  But, as one of your commentators said in a previous post -- this story sure REMINDS me of a lot … Continue reading Magically Real explains the Harry Potter craze, part 2 — sources

Magically Real explains the Harry Potter craze

Dear Magically Real: Everyone including my sister in Kansas and my uncle in Dubai awaits the final movie installment of the Harry Potter series with hysterical anticipation, bordering on frenzy.  Frankly, I don’t get it.  Could you please clue me in as to what this JK Rowling phenom is about? Very truly yours-- Committed to … Continue reading Magically Real explains the Harry Potter craze