September 14, 2015

Have you ever been stressed out before a big test or a presentation in front of your colleagues or classmates? You feel anxious. Nervous. What if no one likes your talk? What if you’ve overlooked an entire section on the test, and you fail all of those questions? And,...

The author Alice McLerran tells the story of neighborhood kids who created an imaginary town called Roxaboxen on a rocky hill strewn with sand, cactus and discarded crates. She got the idea from her mother, Marian Doan, who wrote down the true “History of Roxaboxen” wh...

As a child, Charlotte Brontë, (best known for her novel Jane Eyre,) and her sisters and brother played with twelve wooden soldiers they called the “Young Men.” To record the adventures of these toy men, the children sewed scraps of paper into miniature books, some as s...

April 17, 2015

The “very stately and magnifick” imaginary library invented by Alcofribas Nasier (an anagram of François Rabelais) was called St. Victor, and found in Paris. Some of the imaginary works it contained were:

  • The pomegranite of vice

  • The trevet of good thoughts

  • ...

April 11, 2015

In the poem, “Oatmeal,” Kinnell tells how he livens up a lonely breakfast. He invites the famous, but long-dead poet John Keats to share some imaginary conversation over porridge. There must be something about oatmeal that cries out for embellishment. Poet and writer R...

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