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Author Archive: "Jonathan Carroll"

Impossible Realism

Although it may sound like oxymoron, the term "Impossible Realism" makes a great deal of sense when we permit ourselves to look beyond the quotidian and once again open up fully to wonder, like we used to as children. This is why cheesy horror films and great works of the imagination 'outside the box' have one important thing in common — when they succeed, both leave audiences wide-eyed, hand slapped over the mouth, and awestruck. They make us whimper, laugh, or cheer like we never do on normal Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays in the middle of our lives. But because at their best they fully engage the imagination, we willingly give up our normal ho-hum to live in worlds where Orcs exist, Freddy Kruger sticks his claws through the wall, or Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning and sees a bug's body rather than his own. Living in these extraordinary realities we are fully alive and engaged, thinking with our hearts instead of our heads, willing to go anywhere the stories go because we are in their thrall.

For many adults however, wonder is a guilty pleasure like reading ...


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