The Story of the Executioner

The Story of the Executioner

The Red Shoes by Hans Christian Andersen is an incredibly compelling story but a very hard one to tell. A buttoned-down, rule-bound community condemns the girl who wears the red shoes, and she doesn’t survive their judgment. Hard-heartedness triumphs here, it...
Dindonette’s Final Speech

Dindonette’s Final Speech

I was summoned to the assembly of fairies by Madame Selnozoura, who is a very old and distinguished fairy. I was told by her messenger that two young people drank the magic water and that Madame Selnozoura had discovered my secret. The messenger gave me a magic ring...
Unscrewing the Screw Up

Unscrewing the Screw Up

Old Selnozoura’s Speech I am afraid I am getting too frail for big speeches, for I am not well, my dears, not well at all. At any rate, I will do my best to tell you how we dealt with the matter of Dindonette’s mess. We knew nothing about what had happened until a...
Even Good Fairies Screw Up

Even Good Fairies Screw Up

Lately I’ve been attracted to the characters in fairy tales who screw up in spectacular ways – especially the ones we don’t expect to screw up – like fairies, for example. You would think that the entities who are put in charge of human fate would be wiser...

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