The Liminal Space in Between the Holiday Rituals: When None of the Festivals Really Fit

I live in Melbourne, Australia. We don’t have such a strong culture of the “holidays” (plural) as in the United States and other places - our language is still about “Christmas” and the undercurrent of colonial Christianity endures in an unconscious privileging of the Christian rituals. A “secular” Christmas is most commonly imagined as a … Continue reading The Liminal Space in Between the Holiday Rituals: When None of the Festivals Really Fit

Fantasy and Liminality: Reflections on The Wheel of Time (Book 1)

Note: Fantasy and Liminality is a new series of reflections that looks at liminal themes in fantasy. This inaugural piece looks at the first book of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time. For these series of reflections, my goal isn't to recap, review, or retell each book. I will explore themes I found important for … Continue reading Fantasy and Liminality: Reflections on The Wheel of Time (Book 1)

LOL! Laughter Opening Liminal Space/Thresholds: Comedy and Celebration in Liminal Journey

I was sitting at my desk in geometry class as a sophomore in high school at about the age of sixteen, struggling to understand a new mathematical language embracing spatial intelligence, when I began daydreaming. Many of us can recall our minds, if we were to be honest, wandering into a new stream of consciousness … Continue reading LOL! Laughter Opening Liminal Space/Thresholds: Comedy and Celebration in Liminal Journey

The Liminality of Dangling Man by Saul Bellow

It can be hard to convey liminality in words. The feelings that come from living through a liminal experience often go beyond our means to express them adequately. Liminality, being deeply tied to experience, isn’t easily translatable into words and ideas. As such, we’re left with using an arrangement of interesting metaphors and imagery in … Continue reading The Liminality of Dangling Man by Saul Bellow