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The Siren's Call: A horn of plenty's worth of holiday reading
The Siren's Call: A horn of plenty's worth of holiday reading

One Thanksgiving lesson most school kids probably don't receive has to do with the horn of plenty adorning festive paintings. For me it always seemed like a weird choice for carrying harvested food — what about a simple, flat-bottomed basket? But I didn't know that the horn was special. In classical myth, the horn is a symbol for several food- and wealth-related gods because, one story goes, Zeus played too roughly with a goat and broke its horn. To make amends, he promised to fill that broken horn with whatever food the animal desired. Where reading is concerned this month, it's been devilishly hard to isolate one or two books for The Siren's Call. So in keeping...

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