Tag: death

  • Loneliness by Bruno Schulz Short Story Analysis

    Loneliness by Bruno Schulz Short Story Analysis

    “Loneliness” is a (very) short story by Polish Jewish writer Bruno Schulz, translated into English by Celina Wieniewska and published in The New Yorker in 1977. Although the story appeared to English audiences in 1977, long after WW2, Bruno Schulz lived from 1892-1942. This story appeared in one of Bruno Schulz’s two short story collections, published 1937.

  • Resources For Teaching The Black Death

    Resources For Teaching The Black Death

    This list includes non-fiction, historical fiction (some based on true stories) as well as podcasts, TV shows and even a song. I’m including resources for all ages in this list. HOOKS Ring a Ring o Roses Nursery Rhyme Ring a Ring o Roses, or Ring Around the Rosie, may be about the 1665 Great Plague […]

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    The Secret Garden is a novel by British-American Frances Hodgson Burnett, originally published in serialised form in America between 1910-11, the end of the Edwardian era in England. We now consider this a story for children, probably because the main characters are children. Surprising to me: this story was originally aimed at an adult readership.…

  • The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick Short Story Analysis

    The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick Short Story Analysis

    The Shawl (1980) is a short story by American writer Cynthia Ozick, born 1928. In 2014, Joyce Carol Oates joined Deborah Treisman at The New Yorker to read and discuss Ozick’s story. This horrific short story reminds me most of a narrative from another side of the same war: Grave of the Fireflies. Both are…

  • Foes by Lorrie Moore Short Story Analysis

    Foes by Lorrie Moore Short Story Analysis

    “Foes” is a short story by American writer Lorrie Moore. The Guardian published it on the eve of the election which would see Obama to the presidency, and can be read in full here. It is also in Bark and in Collected Stories. This is such an American story, so Americans will have a more…

  • The Symbolism of Dolls In Storytelling

    The Symbolism of Dolls In Storytelling

    Dolls serve as comfort; they also creep us out. Which is it gonna be? And how do storytellers utilise their multivalent presence in our lives?

  • Dance In America by Lorrie Moore Short Story Analysis

    Dance In America by Lorrie Moore Short Story Analysis

    “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…

  • Bravado by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    Bravado by William Trevor Short Story Analysis

    If you think you’re too old to write about contemporary young characters, take your cue from Irish short story master William Trevor, who wrote “Bravado”, about young people and night-clubbing culture, at almost 80 years of age. Note that the story is not set when he himself was young, but in the mid noughties.

  • Cry Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved and Charlotte Pardi Analysis

    Cry Heart, But Never Break by Glenn Ringtved and Charlotte Pardi Analysis

    Cry Heart, But Never Break is a picture book to help children process their grief. The book was first published in Denmark in 2001, then translated into English by Robert Moulthrop five years later. The story is beautifully illustrated by Danish artist Charlotte Pardi. I recommend this book for children of all ages dealing with…

  • The Grim Reaper In Art And Storytelling

    The Grim Reaper In Art And Storytelling

    SLEEP AS A MINI DEATH Adventures In Sleep from All In The Mind podcast Scientists still don’t know why we need to sleep. Contrast that lack of full understanding with nutrition science, in which we fully understand why animals need to eat, how nutrition enters the blood stream, how it is metabolised and so on.…

  • Charlotte’s Web Novel Study Analysis

    Charlotte’s Web Novel Study Analysis

    At almost 32,000 words, Charlotte’s Web (1952, 1963) is a middle grade novel rather than a chapter book. This is a story with many  hidden depths, which appeals to middle grade kids as well as their adult co-readers. Below I’ll be getting into how this story appeals to both children and adults, the themes of…

  • John Brown, Rose and The Midnight Cat (1979) Picture Book Analysis

    John Brown, Rose and The Midnight Cat (1979) Picture Book Analysis

    John Brown and the Midnight Cat is a classic Australian picture book by Wagner and Brooks. Children read a different story from adults.