Fantastical, fabulist, fantasmatic, magical, magical realist, surrealist, science fictional, speculative, just plain weird, or what? — the agenda for 2016

Dear friends – There’s a lot of talk about literary borders these days: what is and is not something or something else. My friend R, who is a poet and performer and video artist says he’s HAD it with those boundaries and those arguments. "Who cares?" he says "whether it’s gothic or haiku or a … Continue reading Fantastical, fabulist, fantasmatic, magical, magical realist, surrealist, science fictional, speculative, just plain weird, or what? — the agenda for 2016

Kathleen Alcalá explains Magical Realism!

Dear Magically Real: What the heck IS Magical Realism anyway?   Please advise. An admiring but confused reader. -------------------- Dear confused:  No worries!  Noted Seattle-7 fiction writer and essayist Kathleen Alcalá explains the term with 6 easy-to-understand criteria. Characteristics of Magic Realism by Kathleen Alcalá There are some general ideas that I think most people will … Continue reading Kathleen Alcalá explains Magical Realism!