Redux: The Xenotopian Impulse

Until last week, I’d never heard of the Broomway. Now I long to walk it. The Broomway is a paradox: a path through the ocean, a six-century-old walkway that disappears each day. It begins on the southeastern coast of England and heads straight out to sea, crossing about three miles of sand and mudflats until […] …

Redux: The Xenotopian Impulse

Elves in the Balance: An interview with naturalist David Mizejewski

I first saw the elves on the floor of my best friend’s station wagon when I was seven. Grinning up from the back of a big book, these elves looked different from any other elves I’d seen. I’d always thought elves were a little wimpy, but instead of being fragile fey, these elves seemed fun. […] …

Elves in the Balance: An interview with naturalist David Mizejewski

Abstruse Goose: A Tale of One City

AG’s giving Dickens a happy ending here.  The cartoon’s secret mouseover says to consult paragraph 1, chapter 3, of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities.  In that chapter, a banker is on his way to a mysterious meeting in which he’s to learn who was buried, how that person came back to life, and […] …

Abstruse Goose: A Tale of One City