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Reply To: The Antlered Child,” with Mythologist Joanna Gardner, Ph.D.”


Dennis, what a wonderful story about Sandy’s friendship with Hannah! It really is amazing what our cousins in the animal family can awaken — that sense of kinship, that surge of renewed vitality, that quickening of creativity. It’s easy to imagine Hannah now tending to her new kid, remembering her home by your garage and the companionship she found there.

I think you’re right that an impulse toward truth-telling can be a response to the blatant falsehoods of magical thinking. It can be an urgent feeling, too, of needing to correct someone who is trapped in a delusion. Perhaps because of the tragedy that occurs all to easily when the delusion grows so strong that those in its grip will defend it with physical force. Sweet Tooth offers images of that phenomenon as well. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the show!