The late John Updike, Harvard Professor Maria Tartar recalled, described fairy tales as “the television and pornography of an earlier era.”
“Why has it taken so long for me to come back home? I don’t know. I have been thinking about it for years and it just never quite seemed like the right time until now.”
Reading “The Storytelling Animal” is akin to listening to a series of terrific humanities lectures given by a polymath professor with a P.T. Barnum streak.