Read Weird, Episode 07: “Fairy Tale is Form, Form is Fairy Tale” by Kate Bernheimer

Hello, friends, it’s another episode of the Read Weird podcast! Join us every other week for a conversation about writing, reading, and teaching weird and experimental fiction.

In this episode, we discuss Kate Bernheimer‘s essay “Fairy Tale is Form, Form is Fairy Tale“, and give you some weird reading recommendations.

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Weird Read of the Week
In this episode, we discuss Kate Bernheimer‘s essay “Fairy Tale is Form, Form is Fairy Tale“. Kate Bernheimer has been called “one of the living masters of the fairy tale” (Tin House). She is the author of a novel trilogy and the story collections Horse, Flower, Bird and How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales, and the editor of four anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award winning and bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales and xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she teaches fairy tales and creative writing.

Weird Recs
This week, we recommend Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Drawing Down the Moon by Margot Adler, and the Kickstarter-funded queer witch comics anthology Immortal Souls.

Weirdest Read of All/First Weird
Don’t forget: We want to hear about your weird reads, too! Email us about your first weird or weirdest read of all at!

Also mentioned in this episode:
Hagfish car accidents, cats nibbling our hair, the soapy absurdity of Riverdale, and zombie Archie.


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