Cautionary Tales

North 126ABC

Sunday May 26, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

From bog monsters and big bad wolves to tragic calamities that befall the careless, cautionary tales teach children (and adults) the dangers of wandering alone in the woods, playing with matches, or picking your nose. Discover tales of creatures that lurk in dangerous places, the risks of violating social taboos, and the perils of taking ourselves too seriously. From ancient myths to the works of authors like Edward Gorey, Shel Silverstein, Roald Dahl, and Neil Gaiman, from Goofus and Gallant to “moral panic” films like the original Reefer Madness, our team of panelists explain how stories help us navigate the real and imaginary terrors of the world around us.