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The Original PUSSY RIOT: Watch The First Trailer Released For Joyce Carol Oates’ “FOXFIRE”

by • December 4, 2012 • Books, FilmComments (0)592

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Foxfire, also sometimes referred to as “fairy fire”, is the bioluminescence created by some species of fungi present in decaying wood. The bluish green glow is attributed to luciferase, an oxidizing agent, which emits light as it reacts with luciferin. Although the purpose is unknown, it is widely believed that the light is meant to attract insects to spread its spores or, to act as a warning to hungry animals, similar to the bright colors exhibited by some poisonous or unpalatable species of animals.  The oldest recorded documentation of foxfire was written by Aristotle in 382 B.C. His notes make a reference to a light that, unlike fire, was cold to the touch.

Although generally very dim, in some cases the light of foxfire may be bright enough to read by.  So I’m taking a wild guess that there must be a few diehard Joyce Carol Oates fans out there who read her 1994 novel FOXFIRE off the light of the real thing.  Set in the 1950s, Oates’ novel takes place in a blue-collar town in upstate New York where five high school girls are joined in a gang dedicated to pride, power, and vengeance on a world that seems made to denigrate and destroy them.  The story chronicles “the secret history of a sisterhood of blood, a haven from a world of male oppressors, marked by a liberating fury that burns too hot to last” — the exact opposite of Aristotle’s cold brush with the girls’ fungal namesake, but the very same fire that burns in PUSSY RIOT and fellow women of inspiration and empowerment around the world today.

Earlier this morning Kevin Jagernauth of The Playlist posted the very first trailer from director Laurent Cantet‘s brand new film version of the novel, a terrific surprise for fans of Cantet who fell in love with his critically acclaimed film The Class which earned him the Palme d’Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.  Laurent Cantet’s FOXFIRE opens in France on January 2, 2013, and hopefully a North American release will be announced soon.  You can purchase your own copy of Joyce Carol Oates’ FOXFIRE by visiting Amazon.  And as with all FEELguide post related to Joyce Carol Oates I always highly recommend you watch Oates speak about — and read from — her novel The Gravedigger’s Daughter.  Still one of my favorite posts of the past two years: “Legendary Writer Joyce Carol Oates Reads From Her Novel “The Gravedigger’s Daughter” And Discusses Why She Writes”.

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