Fun With A Stranger by Richard Yates

Some short stories exist mainly as character studies. Fun With A Stranger by American author Richard Yates is one example.  The story paints a portrait of a particular kind of old-fashioned school teacher. The reader feels empathy for everyone involved,, from the young pupils to the teacher herself. STORY NOTES A man retells what it was …

Loneliness in Art and Storytelling

Edward Hopper was a master at depicting loneliness with paint. The sense of isolation is achieved with colour and composition. Eyes don’t meet, or not at the same time. Body language is closed off. Figures are small inside vast spaces, their heads far from the top of the canvas, They gaze from windows as if …