About Call of the Siren


Welcome to the Call of the Siren, a site about books on myth, fantasy and more, which continues a regular column that I wrote for the Los Angeles Times for many years while serving as deputy editor of the newspaper’s book coverage. To check out that old column, go to this blog’s main page and scroll down the list of “Links.” Near the bottom you’ll see “The Late, Great Siren’s Call,” which gathers a bunch of wonderful books that I covered on the company’s dime.

Faulkner wasn’t kidding when he said the past isn’t past: Myth and lore are an important part of most people’s lives (and not just because of movies and TV). This blog serves as a place where I can vent my own feelings on a subject that has me lashed like poor Odysseus in the Waterhouse painting above.

To fellow prisoners of the call who stumble upon this blog, let me just say: Welcome! and, Thank you for your visit!

— Nick Owchar

23 responses

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  2. Happy to – it’s an ongoing interest. I’ve been looking for some information on Wodanaz lately (love the mix of poetry/ the wild hunt/ and, oddly, leeches), curious if you’ve read anything around Germanic mythology lately.

  3. It’s a great coincidence that you’re asking about that. The closest I’ve gotten to Germanic mythology is a book just posted today on Call of the Siren: a biography of Snorri Sturluson. The author, Nancy Marie Brown, talks about Snorri’s intense fascination with Odin in the Norse pantheon. I didn’t realize that Thor was a much popular deity in those days — I didn’t realize Snorri had made an unusual choice in focusing on Odin. Definitely a book worth checking out to see if it supplies material you’re interested in.

  4. Great reading about you sir.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

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  6. This is so thoughtful. Thank you! I will definitely go through the list this week, once I’ve caught up with my other stuff. And I’m glad to know you’re back at your post on ofglassandbooks … and I look forward to hearing more about your book in the future. How wonderful. And satisfying.

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  8. Nick, Happy Holidays! Are you all right? You are being missed around here. When are you back and guru-ing away?
    OG&B, now also writing as Barking at the Wrong Tree – short stories for the confused.

  9. Hi OG&B — happy holidays to you too. December was a long, difficult month: My mother passed away after a sudden illness. I’m so glad to hear from you. It was really nice to see your comment during one of the month’s gloomier moments. I’ll be back soon. Hope you and yours have a terrific new year ahead.

  10. Nick, so sorry to hear your sad news. My thoughts are with you and your family. Glad that you will be back soon. I’ ll look out for you. Many heartfelt condolences.
    O G & B

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