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Princess November can't sleep, now that the moon has gone away. We learn this in the first few pages of Andrea L. Peterson's gorgeous webcomic No Rest For The Wicked. To tell you what the princess begins to find, when she goes into the woods to look for the moon, would spoil quite a bit of the fun. Those of you who enjoy exploring the lovely, funny, terrifying spaces of fairy tale (I'm thinking of a lot of you here, but most especially [livejournal.com profile] prosewitch) must read it.

Have any of you had the experience of reading a book with the same name, by the same author, as a book you read a decade or more ago, and discovering that you're reading a completely different work? I am currently about halfway through T. H. White's Once and Future King, and approximately once per page I stop, stare, and bang my hand against my forehead, saying I'm sure I don't remember that. I was surprised to see that Robin Wood and his men were Saxon partisans in King Uther Pendragon's day, but even more startled when I finally realized that White had Uther Pendragon conquering England for the Normans in 1066. The tally-ho P.-G.-Wodehouse-meets-Walter-Scott Merrie-Old-England nationalism was completely lost on me. (By the way, I'm fairly sure that political attitude is associated with either the Whig or the Tory party, and I can't remember which. [livejournal.com profile] gramarye1971, help?) I certainly didn't get the joke in Sir Grummore's complaint, "God knows what the dear old country is comin' to. Due to these lollards and communists, no doubt."

(By the way, the fact that I am reviewing webcomics and rereading T. H. White should tell you how my productivity is going this weekend. La la la, not thinking about exams.)

Edit: [livejournal.com profile] nuqotw has favored us with another warped fairy tale. This one's in Orthodox Jewish dialect, and there is no glossary, alas, so it will only be funny if you've heard too many mahmir (1) types whine about yihud (2).

(1) Mahmir: Concerned with observing every single tiny little detail of Jewish law, above and beyond what is necessary.
(2) Yihud: The state of being alone in private with a member of the opposite sex; according to certain readings of Jewish law, an unmarried woman and unmarried man who end up in private together are automatically married.


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