Children’s books today do still have a ghost of their educative beginnings, but what they are trying to teach us has changed. Children’s novels, to… Read More »Katherine Rundell on learning from children’s books
A lot of children’s fiction has a surprising politics to it. Despite all our tendencies in Britain toward order and discipline – towards etiquette manuals… Read More »Katherine Rundell on the subversive politics of children’s books
These are great writing tips, applicable – with a bit of adaptation- to any medium. Future Shocks are self-contained, four page science-fiction short stories with a… Read More »Story, not premise: 2000AD writing guidelines
The faster things change, the more important our reference points if we want to avoid motion sickness. The great books are always contemporary. In contrast,… Read More »More on old books: Mortimer Adler on permanent literature
[For those who came in late… Start with Not long ago, or Little by little (1)] Not long ago, in a place not far away… Read More »Not long ago; or, Little by little (3): scarcity and subsistence in rural Suffolk in the 1900s
[Not long ago, or Little by little (1)] Not long ago, in a place not far away and directly connected to you, something like this… Read More »Not long ago; or, Little by little (2): Li Kunwa on indoor plumbing in 80s China
How long does it need to be? What would be different if, rather than being paid by the word, you were paying?