Following the announcement from Arts Council England that sales of literary fiction are plummeting, it is suggested that arts subsidies be deployed to help writers survive. I have another idea. They should write better books.
Tom Wolfe, author of Bonfire 0f The Vanities, died in May at the age of 88. Unfortunately, he never completed his biography of Napoleon:
The world has been clamouring, yes clamouring, for more of the unpublished Gertrude Stein manuscript that Gert has in her possession. We’ve even had a tweet from Donald Trump demanding it. So here are its last cryptic lines:
Continue reading On foolishness, igloos and omelettes
‘Stopping to rethread the needle twice before she got to the end, she got up and stood at the ironing board to press the skirt with a warm iron ready for collection.’
Continue reading Keeping your adverbials in their proper place
To give Calmgrove some fun, and because we know he doesn’t read ebooks, here’s Gert’s answer to Boris Johnson in the form of Alastair Endacott, Minister for Ageing under Prime Minister Flattley. Endacott has been very reluctant to move from the Ministry of the Arts to Ageing:
This book of Gert’s is unlikely ever to see the light of day, so we thought we might as well put all those words to some use. Bella Hatherley is a very resourceful child (a kind of latter-day Eloise, actually). Kitty is right. You wouldn’t put anything past her.