The Devil’s Portrait

A scene in “A Night on Bald Mountain” in the animated musical feature “Fantasia” (1940) by Walt Disney Studios

Most fairy tales and folk tales introduce a reader to an assortment of magical creatures and beings, from fairies and nymphs and unicorns to dragons and queer beasts and mermaids.  However, of all places, Eastern Europe often ignores fantasy in pursuit of a closer enemy: the Devil and his consorts.  Throughout almost all of these stories, demons and devils disguise themselves as ordinary humans in order to create mischief among mortals.  But more often than not, a paradoxical question arises.  In some tales, the Devil is almost sympathetic about his “job,” punishing sinful humans with a sense of righteousness and wicked pleasure in achieving justice.

Who is this figure, then?  Personified evil?  A symbol of evil?  A fallen angel?  An instrument of God?  An immortal “hired” to keep humans in check?  Or just supernatural trouble?

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How Warszawa Won the Heart of a Siren

Warsaw, or Warszawa as it is known to the natives, is the capital of Poland today.  75% of its walls, edifices, and monuments were obliterated by the German Nazis during World War II.  However, once upon a time, Warszawa was unfamiliar with such intent vandalism and destruction or being a travel spotlight in an ignored European country.  Once, Warszawa was only a small fishing village by the river Vistula.

When monarchy was the prefered form of government, Poland’s major cities today were nothing more than villages spotted along the Polish countryside, each depending on fertile farmland or opulent streams and rivers for their livelihood and trade.  Warszawa was no different, depending on the Vistula for supplying fish to the neighboring villages.

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How things are…

If you asked me “What’s up?”, I’d probably say something along the lines of “Nothing, because my life is going down the drain.”  Yes, things have definitely taken a severe turn for the worse since I last posted a real entry here about half a year ago.

My writer’s block is over, more or less.  I am working on my own scribbles, fiction and fanfiction.  I have several current TV shows I’m rooting for.  I’ve made my way to Tumblr.

Then there is darkness, where my real life, or as most call it, “RL”, comes into play.

I’ll discuss that some other time.

Anyway, the next big thing is that I’ve created another blog here on WordPress, and it will house all of my book reviews from my publishing days at the Examiner.  Give a big round of applause for “Around the bend of the book.”  The blog’s a work-in-progress, where every book I’ve ever reviewed will have one complete entry/review with no broken parts…and 300-something reviews will take me some time to transfer over.

Well, until next time…

Natalie Gorna

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