Oct, 2012

First appeared in The Guardian Writers like Flaubert have been accused of over-using metaphor, but is it possible to have too much of such a good thing? An angry question hounds my appreciation of the novel, like a hungry hyena: To what degree can metaphor be used before intruding on realism’s capacity to replicate life […]

First appeared in The Guardian It’s one of the most contentious debates in the literary blogosphere, but its roots stretch back more than 2,000 years. Is realism, “lifeness” or verisimilitude a necessary quality of good literature? Former Guardian books editor James Wood argues forcefully that it is, and in so doing has trampled on and […]

The Bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship. William Blake.  My crown is in my heart, not in my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen; my crown is called contentment; A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy William Shakespeare There is no greater folly in the […]