Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Witches, a Cold Little Bird, and Canada

Maybe the Salem Witch Trials were easy to explain: powerful adults steeped in tales of witchcraft are poised to believe the tales of girls who have finally found a way to exert power. Then the accusations fade because the people of Massachusetts realize the finger could be pointed at anybody. Stacy Schiff's new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, gets a positive review in The Atlantic.

The short story, Cold Little Bird, in the October 19, 2015 New Yorker is terrifying. The author, Ben Marcus, creates a cold young ten-year-old named Jonah who has decided he is not longer going to talk to his parents. Or allow himself to be touched. Is he growing up, or is he a budding psychopath?  If you like the story, here is an interview with the author about the story.

Take this quiz to find out how much you know about Canada. I was terrible at it. I only got 11/20.

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