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Magical realism in business and real estate

January 11, 2013

Wikipedia: “Magic realism is a genre where magic elements are a natural part in an otherwise mundane, realistic environment”

See book review in the Statesmen: “Magic and zombies collide in deft new story collection” by Joe O’Connell:

Zombies, werewolves, unicorns, swamp monsters, robots and all manner of ghoulies slither and nibble their way through Manuel Gonzales’ debut collection “The Miniature Wife and Other Stories.” On the surface it’s a fun grab bag of magical realism worth reading just for the author’s deft prose and sleight of hand. It’s indeed a rollicking genre-infused thrill ride, but there’s much more lurking here for the discerning reader to chew on (zombie pun intended).

And this kind of magical realism is evoked by the zombies cataloged by this blog. Like today’s report (in two versions) at National Post, “Curse of the zombie title” by Michelle Conlin of Reuters, uses the zombie metaphor to describe an issue with property foreclosures See “The latest U.S. foreclosure horror story: Curse of the zombie title: They bought the house, but it’s still not theirs

But in contrast see also: Forbes: There Is Nothing Magical About Small Businesses by Adam Ozimek concluding:

We would be better off if people would stop romanticizing small businesses and instead focused on the outcomes that really matter, like economic growth and unemployment.

See also last month: “Diverse styles exploring a bit of magic realism” by Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer

Magic realism has never gone out of fashion in literature, but it hasn’t had much of a presence in art since the late 1950s, when informed art-world tastes turned to bolder, bigger, less-allusive art.

Does a return to magical realism signify less bold, smaller, more allusion in our cultural taste?

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