Revisiting Youth: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel the roughness of a carpet under smooth soles, a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh. – Doris Lessing In 1976 I was a single mother, aged 26, and […]

A Brief History of the Novel – Part Four

Change. Change. Change. Change … change. Change. Chaaange. When you say words a lot they don’t mean anything. Or maybe they don’t mean anything anyway, and we just think they do. ― Neil Gaiman Late Twentieth Century (1950-2000) – Postmodern In the first three parts of this series I offered a working definition of the novel […]

Eat Your Consonants! – Why Journaling is Good for You (Part One)

“I read what I write so I know what I think,” said Carson McCullers. She must have been speaking of journaling. Whether or not you’re a writer it’s good to record your thoughts. There are many reasons why, and they fall into three main categories: Logging – The simplest reason to keep a journal is […]