- Barbara Pym and the New Spinster [The New Yorker]
- ‘Wolf Hall’ Brings Machiavellian Flair and Masterclass Acting to PBS [Flavorwire]
- Use good words, not bad ones [The Economist]*
- Reclaiming One of Ireland’s Masterpieces [Huff Post Books]
*I really dislike this article. I’m including it for the many lively and astute comments.
Enjoyed the Economist comments as well. I’m always torn about adverbs–especially when I read 19th century great authors using them well.
I am apt to give lots of side-eye to any writing advice that is just a blanket command against doing something. Especially when there is ample evidence that it works if done well.
The comments on this piece, though, were grand. Glad you enjoyed them!
Loved The New Yorker piece on Barbara Pym. You won’t be surprised to hear this: Pym is now another writer you’ve introduced me to. After reading that article on her, I felt a little ripped off – how is it that I’ve never read this fab writer?
Thankfully your blog is here to fill in the (large) gaps in my “literary knowledge”.
I am so, so glad to have introduced you to Barbara Pym. I love her. Now go and read Excellent Women this minute! 🙂