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Magical Realism

Wonderland, After Hours

Yara Zgheib | Posted 06.02.2016 | Travel
Yara Zgheib

Above the grey, chimney-strewn rooftops, the sky is dusky indigo. Of the little darkened storefronts along the rue du Bac, only one remains lit. Monsieur Deyrolle's old taxidermy, the front door is ajar.

First Frost: An Interview with Sarah Addison Allen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

In Sarah Addison Allen's First Frost, we return to Bascom, North Carolina, and the magical Waverly family first featured in Garden Spells. Addison Allen's books feature a splendid use of magical realism that immerses us into the hearts and minds of her characters. We spoke about the nature of belonging, magic, and writing.

A Whimsical and Imaginative Novel That Trusts in the Magically Real

Off The Shelf | Posted 11.16.2016 | Home
Off The Shelf

Bender follows in the magical realism tradition of Gabriel García Márquez, Bruno Schulz and Italo Calvino. Her writing is light, amused, airy -- but dead serious underneath.

Meet YA Author Rebecca Villarreal

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

Rebecca Villarreal is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Selma Calderón, a magical young adult mystery novel about globetrotting, magic, courage and friendship. We spoke about sharing magic with young readers, honoring grandmothers, and what it takes to start your own press.

Postmodern Magic

Dan Truong | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Dan Truong

This past summer, I read the novel Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. It details the story of one man, whose name happens to be Jonath...

Jandy Nelson's 'I'll Give You the Sun' Shines Bright

Lelia Nebeker | Posted 11.12.2014 | Home
Lelia Nebeker

It may be hard to hear over the din of blockbuster movie franchises and John Green's superstardom, but a new voice in Young Adult literature has emerged, and her name is Jandy Nelson.

A Tribute to Gabriel García Márquez: How Magical Realism Changed My Life

K. Ford K. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Home
K. Ford K.

The world of magical realism was an epiphany and I suddenly realized that life was not the black and white, cut and dried reality I had learned in hometown America. A whole new world opened up for me in which the supernatural, the spiritual and the physical coexisted in a exotic mélange that changed my view of life forever.

Author Therese Walsh Shares the Secrets Behind The Moon Sisters

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 05.11.2014 | Home
Valerie Tejeda

If I had to describe The Moon Sisters in one word, it would be "beautiful." A heart-warming story about life, love, loss and family.

LOOK: Mind-Bending Optical Illusions

Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts

Canadian painter Rob Gonsalves's optical illusions remind us of M.C. Escher's impossible constructions and Salvador Dali's surreal worlds. We orig...

From Oral Fixations to Metaphysical Pimples: 'Skin'

Allison Kade | Posted 04.21.2013 | Home
Allison Kade

This is the story of how I became omniscient. I wouldn't have become all-knowing in the first place if not for a nonverbal understanding that led to an oral fixation, and adultery that led to a haircut that influenced another haircut.

Why Beasts of the Southern Wild Doesn't Deserve Its Oscar Nominations

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Cheap, amateurish and sometimes just plain hard to watch, Beasts enjoyed a wave of overwrought critical hosannas, going all the way back to when the film first was shown more than a year ago at the Sundance Film Festival.

Why I Wrote The Lieutenant of San Porfirio

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home
Joel D. Hirst

I wrote "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" because I love Latin America. I haven't learned to love it naively, as some Americans say, because of its chaos. I love it because I grew up there, and in spite of the chaos.

Being a Woman Part II: The Mystical Side--"The Salt God's Daughter" by Ilie Ruby

Leora Tanenbaum | Posted 11.04.2012 | Home
Leora Tanenbaum

There are many other aspects to being a woman -- to being human -- that can't be expressed through memoir. For an alternate narrative experience, read the novel The Salt God's Daughter by Ilie Ruby -- a lyrical, luxuriantly mystical meditation on being female.

Reality Bites: Why Are So Many Readers Obsessed With 'Realism'?

Peter Mandel | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home
Peter Mandel

Give us escape-craving readers a break, I say. Since when did fiction -- whether on a screen or in a ream of pages -- hinge on the quality of its imitation?

How To Tackle The Weed In Your Bed Of Roses

Cilla McCain | Posted 08.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Cilla McCain

When a writer gets an idea, it's like the planting of a stubborn seed. And if that seed takes root within, it refuses to be ignored, kind of like a weed in a rose garden.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Health Concerns Increase

The Huffington Post | Laura Steiner | Posted 06.14.2012 | Latino Voices

"Cien años de soledad" ("One Hundred Years Of Solitude") took us to beautifully imaginary places where extraordinary things happened. In a tangled se...

Photographic Illusion Or Hyperrealistic Painting?

Posted 06.11.2012 | Arts

We recently came across Jason de Graaf's incredible artwork via The Daily Mail. The Canadian painter created an astonishing series of hyperrealistic a...

Mothers of (Literary) Invention Make Good Mother's Day Gifts

Dave Astor | Posted 06.27.2012 | Home
Dave Astor

If you're trying to think of a Mother's Day present for mom, how about a novel featuring a memorable mother? The book could star a saintly mom, a hellish mom, or a more realistic mom between those two extremes.

Banal Is The New Bizarre

Posted 03.19.2012 | Arts

A leisurely stroll around the internet will result in an overload of sex, gore, crazies and talented animals all in the same 5 minute video. And the s...

Happy Birthday Gabriel Garcia Marquez!

The Huffington Post | Laura Steiner | Posted 03.07.2012 | Latino Voices

Gerald Martin's task of chronicling Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez’s life wasn't easy. Despite being a public figure, the most re...

VIDEO: Roller Coaster Flies Through Buenos Aires Without A Track!

Posted 02.17.2012 | Arts

Imagine the thrill of reaching the top of a roller coaster... right before the drop. Now imagine if the track was removed from underneath you. Abo...

Neopagan Author Barbara Ardinger Dishes on Magickal Grandmothers in Secret Lives

Kelley Harrell | Posted 02.05.2012 | Home
Kelley Harrell

Barbara Ardinger explores woman's journey through time, culture, sexism, spirituality, aging, and even death.

HuffPost Review: Midnight in Paris

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.18.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There's a strain of magical realism that runs through the filmography of Woody Allen that pops up -- and delightfully so -- in his newest film, Midnight in Paris.

Green Bike Recycled

Monique Roffey | Posted 07.06.2011 | Home
Monique Roffey

My mother and father arrived in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in January 1956, on a banana boat -- with two suitcases and a green bicycle. She was a keen cyclist and thought it would be a good idea to bring her Raleigh bike all the way from Southampton.

Searching for Bobby Kennedy: Health Care and the Moral Imperative

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Zac Hill

What Robert understood is that despite being more media-saturated than at any other time in history, our dialogue remains silent with regard to the moral imperatives those policies entail.