Essay – The Sadness of the King – an analysis of ‘The Last Unicorn’

“Moominland in Winter (is) as good an evocation of clinical depression as you’re ever likely to encounter.” (Will Self) Long ago, or so we are told, there was a king and his name was Haggard. He roamed the world searching for things which made him happy, for nothing ever did – or at least, not … More Essay – The Sadness of the King – an analysis of ‘The Last Unicorn’

In Defence of Scrooge

I think it’s about time someone stuck up for one of literature’s most maligned characters. I refer of course, to that glorious old curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge esq. There can be few characters in fiction, other than perhaps Milton’s Satan,  to have got so raw a deal as this ageing Victorian businessman, better known as the … More In Defence of Scrooge

In Defence of Vocabulary – Or Why We Should Dig Big Words

I was inspired to write this essay by Will Self, an unapologetic lover of obscure lexicography if ever there was one.  I begin with a confession – I like big words. Do I hear snickering? Unkind laughter? For shame, good sirs. Verily, I am an unapologetic lover of lexicography, a celebrant at the altar of … More In Defence of Vocabulary – Or Why We Should Dig Big Words

Some Day My Brain Will Come – Snow White and Intelligence

What’s the message in Disney’s classic 1937 film Snow White?  Could it be that good always triumphs? That love conquers all? That we shouldn’t judge by appearances? Yes to all three – but I’d like to suggest another, perhaps less obvious message at play And it’s this – that intelligence is bad, stupidity is good. … More Some Day My Brain Will Come – Snow White and Intelligence