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“What do you think of my labyrinth?”

As many of you know, the Horn Book offices are located on the Simmons College campus. Today, looking out my window, I can see a construction crew working on Simmons’s newest addition: a labyrinth.

labyrinth at simmons

Simmons Labyrinth

Now, having grown up with the movie Labyrinth, it wasn’t until I took an undergraduate course at Clark University that I learned a “maze” is not the same thing as a “labyrinth.” Mazes are multicursal, designed to confuse and to trick. Labyrinths, however, are unicursal and considered to be primarily meditative tools — one walks slowly along the single path until reaching the center where one then turns right back around and walks slowly out. I think this is a lovely addition to the campus and I will totally take advantage of this calming tool on days when the book piles grow too high and begin to topple over.

But I have to say that I am supremely bummed that this is not what we’re getting:

Labyrinth movie

How cool would it be to get to the Simmons campus in the morning, grab my coffee, then disappear into a giant maze that has David Bowie waiting for me at the end?

Labyrinth movie 2

Incredibly cool. That’s how cool. I could be friends with Ludo! I could pretend that my cat (who just happens to be named Toby) needs to be saved from the Goblin King! It would be great (minus the substantial scratching I would receive getting my cat to and from the campus via public transport)!

As long as there aren’t any of these guys:


Those guys still give me nightmares.

Siân Gaetano About Siân Gaetano

Siân Gaetano is assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc. Follow her on Twitter @KidLitChick.



  1. Elissa Gershowitz Elissa Gershowitz says:

    You remind me of the babe.
    What babe?
    The babe with the power?
    What power?
    The power of voodoo.
    Who do?
    You do!
    Do what?
    Remind me of the babe…
    *sigh and swoon*

  2. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

  3. Randy Heller says:

    It’s funny, I just ran across a very similar labyrinth during our vacation the other day, at the Seattle Center, near the EMP Museum (photo not mine) …

  4. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:


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