I tend to stack all my recent finds on the internet -- so here's a quick run down of the items I have been bookmarking because they are simply awesome: Fairy Tales and Art, Career Advice from A Dangerous Source, and Secret Spirit Dancers of Cuba.
Fairy Tales: Once Upon A Blog continues to rock my world with great posts on all things fairy tale in Media, Film, Theater and Print. Here is a recent favorite: A sumptuous post on Edmund Dulac's illustrations for "Fairy Tales of the Allied World," 1916--which is a rather astonishing collection of international fairy tales, (like the one above "The Story of the Bird Feng - A Chinese Fairy Tale") and other lesser known tales. Get ready to hit "Pin" on all the images for your pinterest collection.
I love reading through Taisia Kitaiskaia's "Ask Baba Yaga" advice column. I am always amazed at how precient the questions and perfect the answers -- rough and tough love from Baba Yaga. This question on how to tell the difference between Prestige and Personal Satisfaction gives us this reply from Baba Yaga: "You must find & name yr hungriest wolves & then feed them accordingly." Stop by regularly and get your life's questions straightened out by Baba Yaga or even better, email your life questions to Baba Yaga at AskBabaYaga[at]gmail.com.
Over at The Appendix, there is a fascinating article "El Ñáñigo: A Spirit Dancer of a Secret Society," from doctoral student Linda Rodriguez writing on the ñáñigo, also known as the íreme spirit dancers of Cuba, particularly in the late 1800's. It's also an interesting article on how colonials viewed the "exotic" and situated them in the narrative as Rodriguez examines the way in which Spanish painter Victor Patricio de Landaluze depicted these dancers in Tipos y costumbres de la isla de Cuba his ethnographic study of "social" types particular to Cuba.
Art: Edmund Dulac, illustration "The Story of the Bird Feng - A Chinese Fairy Tale" in Fairy Tales of the Allied World; Ivan Bilibin 1911 Illustration of Baba Yaga; Víctor Patricio de Landaluze, Tipos y costumbres de la isla de Cuba, (1881).