If you enjoy podcasts, you can download and listen to a recent lecture by Marina Warner at Queen Mary, University of London here.
Marina Warner, Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, gave her inaugural lecture entitled ‘Figures in the Carpet: Magic and the 1001 Nights’ (24/11/09). The fascinating lecture explores the magic carpet's appearances in stories through the ages, and how it conveyed the power and sensation of flight long before the dawn of aviation.
I admit I'm not a podcast person, but this one will make me step out of my usual zones.
And if you haven't read Warner's From the Beast to the Blonde, why haven't you? It's a shame it's out of print. It is one of the books that inspired SurLaLune.