Do modernist kids dream of bureaucratic fairies?

February 8th, 2019 § 0 comments

Do modernist kids dream of bureaucratic fairies?

Once upon a time, fairy tales were unspeakably brutal. The Brothers Grimm often take the flak for this, but undeservedly. They didn’t create the aura of homicide and senseless injustice, merely absorbed it from the existing oral traditions. Other European folklore collectors got much the same vibe, as did those from further afield. For much of human history, the stories we told to kids were…

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