Category: Fictional Heroes

Icarus Rising

Why did Icarus need to fall? I remember translating (from the Latin) the myth of Icarus in Ovid’s Metamorphoses as a young girl. It seemed natural and obvious that Icarus should fall. What hubris! How dare he try to fly so high?

Funky Winkerbean

I read the comic Funky Winkerbean each morning on the Seattle Post Intelligencer. The creator, Tom Batiuk, has been unafraid to write and draw about difficult issues: teen pregnancy, adoption, alcoholism, divorce and most recently death of a beloved wife

Fate’s Fugitive

I took more than seven years of Latin in the distant past. I loved the structure of the language and the stories. One of my favorites was the Aeneid. Virgil’s Aeneid begins: arma virumque cano, Troiae qui primus ab oris

Slaying Dragons

I recently sent a collection of children's fiction to a friend with young children. As I was looking through my library for age appropriate books, I flipped through Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I love the quote he put in the

The Power of Fiction

I love fiction. It used to concern me that I would much rather curl up with a grand glorious epic novel than read something weighty (non-fiction) until I read this commentary by Orson Scott Card in his book Maps in

An Ode to Octavia Butler 1947-2006

I love books. I especially love to own all of the written words of my favorite authors. One such author is/was Octavia Butler whose life was cut short at the age of 58 after slipping and falling on the walkway