“Images” is a short story by Alice Munro, first published in Dance of the Happy Shades (1968). This story comprises two character studies through the eyes of a woman looking back on her own early childhood. One character study paints a portrait of a second cousin once removed, who prevails upon the household to take […]
As much as possible, I try to avoid talking about what the author intends by doing such-and-such in a work of literature. Today I’d like to clarify why I personally think this is not a helpful way to approach a text. I’m hardly the first to criticise this approach, though I suspect some of my…
“The Red Shoes” (1845) is a — let’s face it — horrific literary fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875), built on a tradition of stories in which a female character is punished (by her ostentatious, sexually charged shoes) for her social deviation.
“A Trip To The Coast” is a short story by Alice Munro, first published in Dance of the Happy Shades (1968). In stories, trips to the coast often coincide with a big self-revelation. A character looks out to sea, realises something, and the audience understands their life is about to change in some significant way.…
Although ‘nouveau’ means ‘new’, Art Deco came afterwards. Art Deco and Art Nouveau are two major art movements of the 20th century.
The culture, as as whole, despises teenage girls. Let’s take a look at the evidence in pop culture and storytelling.
“The Time of Death” is a short story by Canadian author Alice Munro, included in the 1968 collection Dance of the Happy Shades.
In art and illustration, artists can often be identified by their trees. Trees can be as individual as people. You know a Dr Seuss tree when you see it, right?
Alice Munro isn’t known as a feminist writer, but she is. Alice Munro isn’t known as a queer writer, either, but she has always been a keen observer of humans, and in every small town, queerness exists. Alice Munro therefore wrote about queer experiences, probably without meaning to sometimes.
Certain products attract urban legends: Vicks Vaporub, WD-40, “miracle polish”… We love products which ostensibly achieve multiple tasks.
“Sunday Afternoon” is a short story by Alice Munro, included in the 1968 Dance of the Happy Shades collection.
What to do with all those images you’ve been creating with Stable Diffusion? Are you a child of the 80s and 90s? Let’s make some spoof paperback book covers! In this post I recreate paperback templates from my own childhood favourites and upload them here for you to use at your own leisure. I’m using…
The following futuristic houses were made using Stable Diffusion running on a locally hosted version of Automatic1111 and the dreamlike-diffusion model.
The writers of HBO’s TV series Succession do a great job of depicting a privileged, smart and well-travelled family, each despicable in their own way. Since the Roy family wealth comes from a media empire, main characters all have an excellent command of English (and sometimes other languages). Not only that, but each the dialogue of each character sounds distinctive.
If you grew up in the West, butterfly symbolism may seem obvious: Butterflies symbolize transition and transformation. This isn’t always so.