Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Scary Buttons

There is something extra scary about the Patchwork Girl of Oz, which I did not notice when I saw that previous illustration of her. Perhaps I didn't examine it closely enough. But her EYES ARE BUTTONS! Do you hear what I'm saying? HER EYES ARE BUTTONS, people! I know because I picked up my own copy of THE PATCHWORK GIRL OF OZ at Square Books today. Most horrible! More terrible, even, than Laura Lippman implied! Forget Freud's ideas about the uncanny. Just think of the lullaby quoted in Toni Morrison's great novel BELOVED, all about "Lady Button Eyes." So very soothing, yet shot through with terror. In my opinion! All right! Lady Button Eyes is coming! She's coming! Get some sleep!