L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

In three recent novels that reimagine ancient epics — Circe, The Mere Wife, and The Silence of the Girls — authors wrestle with both their source material and the centuries of cultural baggage it carries. Mikaella Clements Writers have always come back to older texts, finding new twists on old legends. Jean Rhys and James …

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According to a 15th century guide to detecting and eradicating witchcraft, witches were capable of making penises vanish—and some even kept them in nests and fed them oats. by Callie Beusman Photo via Wikipedia Since time immemorial, men have worried irrationally about perceived threats to their penises. Long before there was castration anxiety, there was …

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