Tag: 1990s

  • Schnitzel von Krumm’s Basketwork by Lynley Dodd Picture Book Analysis

    Schnitzel von Krumm’s Basketwork is a children’s picture book by New Zealand author-illustrator Lynley Dodd, first published in 1994. The star and only character of this one is… Schnitzel von Krumm… already familiar from the uber-successful Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy. Schnitzel von Krumm of course puts the reader in mind of crumbed schnitzel, a […]

  • Voices In The Park by Anthony Browne Analysis

    Have you ever wanted to go back and redo old work? A Walk In The Park is one of Anthony Browne’s earliest picture books — his second published after Through The Magic Mirror. Twenty years later (in 1998), Browne decided to redo this book in Postmodern style. Now it is called Voices In The Park.

  • U.F.O. In Kushiro by Haruki Murakami Short Story Analysis

    “U.F.O. in Kushiro” is a short story written by popular contemporary Japanese author Haruki Murakami. English readers first had access to the story in 2001, when it appeared in an issue of the New Yorker magazine. It was republished in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami devastated northern Japan. Safe to say this is considered a…

  • Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People by Lorrie Moore Short Story Analysis

    “Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People” is a mother-and-daughter road trip short story by American writer Lorrie Moore. This story was published in The New Yorker in November 1993. Also find it in Birds of America (1999) and The Collected Stories. The title of this story comes from something the mother of this…

  • You’re Ugly, Too by Lorrie Moore Short Story Analysis

    “You’re Ugly, Too” is a short story by American writer Lorrie Moore, first published in a 1989 edition of The New Yorker — Moore’s first for the New Yorker. Find it also in her short story collection Like Life (1990). New Yorker editors pointed out to Moore several “vulgarities” of the writing process she had committed in…

  • Dance In America by Lorrie Moore Short Story Analysis

    Rauschenberg painting

    “Dance In America” is a short story by Lorrie Moore and can be found in the collection Birds Of America, published in 1998. Find it also in The Collected Short Stories. “Dance In America” first appeared in The New Yorker in 1993. Louise Erdrich reads Lorrie Moores short story “Dance in America” and discusses Moore…

  • My Mother’s Dream by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    Frank Dicksee - The Mother 1910

    “My Mother’s Dream” is a short story by Alice Munro, and the final offering in The Love Of A Good Woman (1998). This is an absolute masterwork in how to subvert an established narrative trope.

  • Moving Molly by Shirley Hughes Analysis

    Moving Molly may sound like a drug dealer’s handbook but is also a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Shirley Hughes (1981). Shirley Hughes is one of the big name picture book storytellers from my childhood. Another favourite is Dogger. I’ve also analysed Up and Up on this blog. I know that Shirley Hughes’s…

  • Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake Analysis

    Mister Magnolia cover

    Mister Magnolia is a picture book written and illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake. It won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1980, and the Red House Children’s Book Award in 1981. This story is an excellent lesson in simplicity.

  • Rich As Stink by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    John Collier - Fire

    Rich as Stink is a short story by Canadian writer Alice Munro included in the 1998 collection The Love Of A Good Woman. Gaslighting, parentification, spousification, self-objectification, coercive control… People living in 1974 did not have ready access to the language of psychology and found it difficult to describe emotionally abusive relationships, let alone talk…

  • Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore (1993) Analysis

    Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore

    Six Dinner Sid is a 1993 picture book written and illustrated by Inga Moore.

  • Jane Campion’s The Piano Film Study

    The Piano Film Landscape

    The Piano (1993) is a lyrical, fairytale film written and directed by Jane Campion, set and filmed in New Zealand near the beginning of white colonisation. SETTING OF THE PIANO Like many creative New Zealanders, Campion comes from Wellington. I don’t know why so much creativity comes out of the Wellington region, but I suspect…