- A very good blog post by Anthony Wilson on the nature of 'failure' in writing, and here's another with particular interest to teachers, especially English teachers: Teaching Paying Attention, with a link to an excellent piece by Anne McCrary Sullivan.
- Our own report on Claire Keegan's thoughts about her superb story 'Foster'.
- An online magnetic poetry kit (of course, you could just use your fridge door).
- Thoughts by Seth Godin on privacy (or, rather, its lack) in our world.
- Find the cliche.
- Handy: characters who die in Shakespeare's plays.
- Danah Boyd's book It's Complicated: the social lives of networked teens is a free PDF.
- Our list of 18 excellent iOS apps for English teaching and learning has been updated with 'The Dead' - including a full audio version by Barry McGovern.
- Wes Anderson's film The Grand Budapest Hotel is great fun. It (its milieu at least) was inspired by the work of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. A fine novel on Zweig's end in Brazil is published by the excellent Pushkin Press: The Last Days by Laurent Seksik.
- And while we're on Pushkin Press - Maxim Leo's Red Love is a fascinating read about the GDR (read it in conjunction with Anna Funder's superb Stasiland).
- Willy Vlautin is a terrific writer. His new novel The Free has just been published.
- House of Cards (starring Kevin Spacey) and its relationship to Shakespeare's dramas.
- One for teachers: How to use Google as a countdown timer.
- Jo Baker's novel Longbourn (Pride and Prejudice from the servants' perspective) is recommended.
- 200 prompts for argumentative writing.
- A fine Transition Year essay comparing books by Mark Haddon, Lionel Shriver and Andrew Motion.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Every now and then we rescue some fish from the Twitter stream. Here are a few more from recent tweets ...