Comic Relief, or What I Learned from Shakespeare by Milo Owen

Comic relief, an amusing scene, incident, or speech introduced into serious or tragic elements, as in a play, in order to provide temporary relief from tension, or to intensify the dramatic action; relief from tension caused by the introduction or occurrence of a comic element, as by an amusing human foible. ( Continue reading

“It’s Just Fiction” by Milo Owen


When I was about ten or eleven years old, my grandmother came to spend a few days with us.  This was not particularly unusual – my grandparents were very close to us and lived only about forty minutes away – but usually we went to them instead of my grandmother coming to us.  I remember she knocked on my bedroom door (I was allowed to have it closed because I was “the writer”) and when she saw me, she was worried and anxious.  “What’s wrong, darling?” she asked.  “Nothing,” I answered, and then I explained, “It’s just that Charlie died.”  Charlie was the ne’er-do-well brother in Louisa May Alcott’s novel Eight Cousins.  She smiled in complete understanding, because of course it wasn’t unusual at all in my family for someone to weep over the fate of a fictional character. Continue reading