The Coming of the Fairies
By Arthur Conan Doyle
Why this book?
This is Doyle’s version of Elsie and Francis’s story, a book in which he argued that the existence of fairies had been proven, at last, by the modern technology of photography. To me, it’s a fascinating look at how events told from one point of view (a powerful man’s) can be entirely different from the same events told from less powerful players in the same drama. It’s also surprisingly timely, given the current state of polarization in our country: a case study of how people often believe what they want to believe, no matter how crazy it seems to others.
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