Wednesday, April 19, 2006
The Enchanted Apples of Oz
From the diary, Friday, 12/27/85 ...
"Eric S[hanower] showed me galleys of Enchanted Apples of Oz. They looked good. He wanted to know if I could accept it as canon. No. I can't. I can't lie and say, 'yes! oh yes!'"
This from an entry about visiting Eric at his house in Novato. We were Oz club chums and both had strong notions about what constituted an Oz book. A real Oz book. I'm not nearly so dogmatic as I once was. Hell, I knew at the time there were a zillion inconsistencies in the books written by Baum himself, but there were inconsistencies and there were unacceptable inconsistencies. In his first Oz graphic novel Eric locates the source of Oz's enchantment in an apple tree in a garden (tres Biblical, no?). Should the apples ever be picked the magic will go away. I didn't like the idea, tho Eric's art was exciting.
We watched Midnight Cowboy, which depressed me (or, rather, didn't improve my already low mood); ate pancakes for dinner; I fended off the what-are-you-going-to-do-with-your-life questions.
Gah. Miserable period.