No, it’ll not do just to read the old tales out of a book. You’ve got to tell ’em to make ’em go right. Tom Hunt quoted in Grandfather Tales by Richard Chase.
I’m honored to have had this post revised and published at the Front Porch Republic: Building Folklore Wealth. And the editor at FPR chose this wonderful painting to accompany it: “Fairy Tale Kings” by Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1909).