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Symbology is always key. As Captain Jack Sparrow might phrase it, words – images – stories are like a drawwring of that key. Many of us would probably agree with The History Channel’s take on the symbology of Star Wars, which aired last night. On YouTube, Rob Ager’s done a nice job of explaining the slightly less accessible symbology of the Illuminati/New World Order in Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, but due to the graphic violence and nudity, you’ll have to search for it yourselves. But sometimes, the symbology we so clearly see in a story isn’t what the author had in mind at all. Take The Wizard of Oz, for instance. For Baum, his story was quite a differently-colored horse (pdf) than the one most people think they know.

Thanks, Greg.

Quote of the Day:

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.

Leonardo da Vinci