Archive for April, 2011

There’s so much to talk about, and so much that a daughter hears when her mother reads this story. Jan’s comment on Snow White, when I told her that’s what I was looking at today, was, “It’s so hard for a mother to find a balance where she’s not trying to prevent her daughter from […]

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as with most fairy tales descending from an oral tradition, exists in a number of differing forms. I’m going to use the Brothers Grimm 1812 version as the earliest written form of the work that we recognize. The most often seen form today is Grimm’s 1819 version. SurLaLune Fairy […]

First, a shameless plug. I am producing the play Ashes to Ashes, by Harold Pinter, for the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute. The play, along with a discussion led by Jacob Lindy, a psychoanalyst on the CPI faculty who’s written extensively on PTSD, and with Gila Naveh, Chair of Judaic Studies at the University of Cincinnati and […]

The Book Thief


When the narrator of the novel is Death, it’s hard to imagine that all will end well. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, is narrated by Death and takes place in Germany between 1939 and 1945. True, Death plays a major role in the story and the times, but the protagonist is Liesel Meminger, who […]