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Une Illusion Ludique

I went to the biggest puppet festival in the world in September, 2018, at Charleville-Mezieres, a town in the French Ardennes. The festival was overwhelming. It sprawled across the town, engulfing it, not just with its steady diet of shows, but with meetings and lectures and “colloques”.

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Caliban

At the beginning of my final year of high school I was chosen to spend a weekend at the University of Western Ontario with students from all over the province. It must have been a recruiting effort on the part of the University, because it cost us nothing.

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What will he tell me?

There was a student from Japan named Erina at the Sandglass intensive. She created a puppet of great dignity and sadness with a life-size head made merely of newspaper: a fragile, temporary thing. He was very Japanese. His face was long and he had large uneven ears. His eyes seemed huge, all-seeing, although they were unformed, only shadows. She draped him with three lengths of cloth – purple, brown, and soft grey. His single hand was her own.

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The Door To Peoples’ Souls

He has set up his show at the junction of two streets, both closed to traffic, in an open space at the foot of some stone steps on which people can sit to watch him perform without having to crane over the shoulders of others.

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Snowbound Night After Making Puppets

I was driving home after a sculpture class. The sky was blue-black and deep, the way it is in winter, and there was a full moon. A few whisps of thin cloud; no visible stars, because of city lights. The world was frozen, cloaked in what we routinely call white, although it isn’t white, not really.

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Make Puppets

Whether it was The New Yorker or The Economist or the TLS I don’t recall, but I was reading one of those improving journals one night in my loft with my dog beside me on the couch when an idea strayed into my mind.

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