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Met Opera Odds and Ends: ‘Hansel and Gretel’ — A Baker’s Dozen and Children’s Delight

Those Were the Days…

Incorrectly termed a “children’s opera,” Engelbert Humperdinck’s charming yet deceptively simple retelling of Hansel and Gretel — or, in the original German, … 1,962 more words


A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

If you think you know Grimm’s fairy tale stories, you’re wrong. Modern fairy tales have been sugar-coated and given happy endings, but Gidwitz tells you the real stories. 172 more words

Odd But True But Oddly True

Check out these amazing facts. Some are incredible and some are strange but all are true.

Chuck Norris’s mother dressed him as a girl until he was six years old. 443 more words


Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - Focusing on an Aspect Left Out of the Film

When evaluating a film, one usually looks first at how the story was set up, such as where the writer chose for the story to take place and what background information was given to fill out the main characters. 1,023 more words

Tuesday Tidbits ...

Those who read my morning post, R.I.P. Spooky, will understand why I am finding it difficult to sit and focus on any in-depth topic today.   640 more words

Social Commentary

Entry 539: My, What Big Guns You Have

The National Rifle Association, in an attempt, apparently, to see if guns can kill anything besides people and animals, is taking aim at fairy tales. 1,184 more words


Theater: Hans and Greta & Fablerna

Yesterday I went to Stockholm to see Hans & Greta, a play for young children, and I thought that was the only play I was going to see. 651 more words