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Margaret Mahy - Librarian of Babel
I don't think I've ever had an article with such a long gestation time as this. I gave the paper it's based on in Cambridge, one very snowy day in January 2013, and it's only just appeared - even though the journal issue is officially dated April.

I'm particularly pleased to see it, because I think I had more fun with this than with any other article I've written. Mostly this was due to Margaret Mahy herself, whose work is always such a pleasure and a provocation. In fact, I was so into it while writing that I started (rather obviously) channelling her habits of thought and style, which could be a dangerous strategy, but in this case I think worked. And I also got to talk about Borges and John Wilkins - whose Selected Works I was once ambitious to edit.

Like the man said: "I thought it all out twenty years ago."

Margaret Mahy - Librarian of Babel

This is wonderful. I wish my copy of The Changeover were not in a box!

The Changeover changed my life! It finally unblocked me in the early nineties and allowed me to write my first ((eventually) published) book.

It finally unblocked me in the early nineties and allowed me to write my first ((eventually) published) book.

I didn't know that! I'm very glad it did. Did you get a chance to tell Mahy?

No. At least, I think I may have blathered something when I friended her on Facebook a couple of years before she died, but not in the way I would like to have done.

Oh! Excellent! I need to read this!

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