Book Review: The Ruby

Painting by Frederick Howard Michael, Titania, 1897 ”The Ruby” is a short story from the collection El Azul written by the Nicaraguan poet and writer Rubén Darío. An exquisite sample of Hispanic Modernism, ”The Ruby” narrates the story of how the titular gemstone was first birthed into the world. The gnomes, labourers deep within the entrails of the earth to extract precious stones, find themselves in great turmoil when their leader, Puck, announces that a Parisian alchemist has constructed, through the means of sympathetic magic, a false ruby. Having travelled to Paris himself, Puck has snatched such a false stone from the golden … Continue reading Book Review: The Ruby

The Quintessence of our Techne: Spikes vs Poppy Petals

”The story is the king,” people say. ”The word is the queen,” I say. Down with this tyrant king! Long live the queen! From the dawn of time, humanity has been an ever-moving mouth whispering tales. It’s our nature to create something out of nothing, to record and decode life inside a palpitating web of words. But the truth is this: any fool can spin a yarn. It doesn’t take any particular skills except for a little bit of an active mind. Anyone can make up a story. People have been doing it all the time in all the languages … Continue reading The Quintessence of our Techne: Spikes vs Poppy Petals

Top 5 Ladies of Fiction and Myth

Rhiannon riding in Arberth. From The Mabinogion, translated by Lady Charlotte Guest, 1877 One of the joys of reading books is the discovery of characters who are so unique and intriguing that, even though they are the fruit of fancy and wild imagination from the part of their creators, they possess so much fire and life they literally leap from the pages as if actual beings of flesh and blood. For centuries, literature and storytelling has been mainly dominated by men, even though the tide has shifted nowadays. However, even when men had taken the stage, many of them managed … Continue reading Top 5 Ladies of Fiction and Myth

Book Review: The White People

Arthur Machen’s The White People had been on my reading list for a long time. The story starts as a singular, philosophical study on the nature of good and evil and evolves into a chillingly delightful tale brimming with dark, paganistic rituals, weird occurrences and sorcery only to break off abruptly on the cusp of some kind of supreme revelation. The beginning of The White People offers to the reader an intriguing intake on the topic of saints and sinners. Cotgrave and Ambrose discuss the nature of sin. According to the second, ”So you see that while the good and … Continue reading Book Review: The White People