Dept of, Blaming the Internet for A Phenomenon we have seen before: perchance I am being unduly cynical, but this An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me strikes me as Yet Another of those Born-Again Bloke pieces - okay, it's perhaps more often that FATHERHOOD has given them a new perspective, but I think the 'I wos a WORKAHOLIC and it was Bad for Me' is another trope in the same area.
Not to mention the My Experience is Universal, No? aspect.
Dept of, what do you mean, we? Get off the treadmill: the art of living well in the age of plenty. A) demonstrates no knowledge of the long tradition of teaching people who are not actually dying in ditches of the plague, etc, how to live better B) I have little sympathy for someone who gets his woezery on by looking at the other people who are actually working out in the gym - no, really, if you're working out, why should you be looking happy? these people are making physical efforts, why should they *SMILE DARLIN*? C) gross overgeneralisation much?
Dept of, Is this not a recurrent theme in the lives of writers and could be asked of many: How can someone who writes so perceptively about love make so many mistakes in their own life? (And do we not notice that her alleged 'trophy-lovers' are blokes who pretty much seem to have been up for anybody and put themselves about a lot?) But if true, am glad to hear that Howard's works are more likely to be available than Amis's.
Dept of, the long tradition of the British female Gothic: The author of The Railway Children and Five Children and It was familiar with the darker aspects of life - though, in spite of that header, the article does point out the distinctly uncosy elements in her children's fiction - precariousness is a constant theme whether it is father in chokey for - surely it was false accusation of embezzlement, not spying? - or general sense of abyss yawning - why The Treasure-Seekers treasure-sought, no?
And, extremely chuffed to see the very positive and exceeding copious coverage Pride of Place has latterly been getting.