As an esteemed author of fairy tale retellings, I have the monumental and sometimes soul-wrenching task of deciding which details to pick from the myriad versions of any given story, and which details to leave out altogether. I have taken on Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, swan maidens, Rapunzel and Snow White, usually focusing on cruelly-maligned-by-history minor characters—and agonized over many impossible choices. But no decision has been harder than what the evil queen from Snow White should eat. Or, more accurately, what part of Snow White she should eat. For dinner.
In the original Grimm version of the story, the evil queen was the girl’s mother rather than stepmother, which [...]
Once upon a time a woman never got married, but had many fulfilling relationships, a job that kept her comfortable, an apartment that she got to decorate just for her, and hobbies that stimulated her mind.
Once upon a time a woman and a man tried having babies, but it didn't work, so when they were past the age of trying, they decided that they had enough disposable income to travel the world, and so they did, and it was awesome, and both of them felt okay about it, and no one gave them any grief over it, either.
The London-based electronic-music duo (vocalist Aluna Francis, producer George Reid) put (modern) darkness back into a handful of fairy tales. Their debut EP is due out July 1; "Attracting Flies" is available now on iTunes.
There's also a new song from Major Lazer, featuring Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig, and two more [streamable] tracks from James Blake. Enjoy, possibly.
"Everybody, any viewer, will have to sign the contract, which says if — this is very important, because nobody has to — 'if I kiss the beauty and she opens her eyes while being kissed, I marry her.'" —There's a lot going on in this video of the art exhibition "Sleeping Beauty," arranged by artist Taras Polataiko (quoted above) for the National Art Museum of Ukraine, not least of which is the hair on the gentleman at the end, the sleeping beauty's makeup, the cameraman's fascination with her … shirt (?), and her strangely unpleasant way of fake-sleeping. More information can be found here, and if you find yourself [...]