History and telepathy collide in the first clips from Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children

Salman Rushdie's magical realist novel Midnight's Children is one of the most award-winning books of all time, getting not just the Booker Prize but the Booker of Bookers. And now it's becoming a movie from Deepa Mehta, director of the acclaimed elements trilogy. You can check out a brand new sneak clip of Mehta's… »9/04/12 9:20am9/04/12 9:20am

The Making of a Modern Fable: Inside Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild isn't like other movies you've seen lately. It's a really wild and beautiful movie that manages to combine magical realism with an apocalyptic sense of doom, all seen through the eyes of a six-year-old girl. But how did something this strikingly beautiful and different emerge? How did a… »7/03/12 6:02pm7/03/12 6:02pm

New movie proves that French fairies are just weirder than everyone else's

Magical realism and slapstick seem like natural allies, so it's sort of surprising that hardly anybody has tried to combine them before. If you want to see what that marriage would look like, check out the French movie Fairy (La Fée), opening in some U.S. theaters today. Equal parts ravishing and obnoxious, Fairy… »5/04/12 5:42pm5/04/12 5:42pm

How does 1Q84 stack up to Haruki Murakami's classic novels?

For the past few months, everywhere I go in San Francisco, I see young people in cool outfits all reading the same book: Haruki Murakami's long-awaited 1Q84. Not long ago, I was in a café where three out of the dozen patrons all had identical hardcovers, with the same blank stare gazing upwards from their dense pages. »3/22/12 12:00pm3/22/12 12:00pm

Not Your Same Old Magical Realism: New Mexican Stories of the Fantastic

Small Beer Press' latest volume, Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, contains 34 stories published in Mexico in the past decade — most of them from the past two years. Writing in the Seattle Times, Nisi Shawl praises this volume for presenting a fresher look at magical… »2/06/12 9:30am2/06/12 9:30am