Tag: GRSM

  • A Father To Be by Saul Bellow Short Story Analysis

    A Father To Be by Saul Bellow Short Story Analysis

    Are you thinking of writing a story about a kid who leaves the house and rides the bus to school, all the while observing other passengers and gazing out the window? Or a story about a woman who buys frozen pizza at the supermarket, complains about the roast beef then observes characters in the car park before peacing out to the radio? A parking warden who eats a sandwich in the town square before seeing shapes in the clouds? If these quiet stories are your jam, Saul Bellow wrote the mentor text for you.

  • Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey Novel Study

    Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey Novel Study

    Bad Guys is a bestselling Australian early reader by Australian author and illustrator Aaron Blabey. The Bad Guys series is frequently recommended for kids who enjoy Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Treehouse series, stories by David Walliams, Ahn Do Weirdo, the Real Pigeons series, Minecraft Zombie books and other children’s books parents can find at Kmart and Target.

  • Edward Gorey: Misunderstood Genius

    Edward Gorey: Misunderstood Genius

    I’ve long been fascinated by illustrator Edward Gorey. The moment I saw a photo of him in his big, fur coat I thought, he looks fun. Then I saw a picture of Gorey in his living room, draped all over with cats

  • Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad: A Case Study In Kindness

    Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad: A Case Study In Kindness

    Conflict, conflict, conflict. Writers seeking storytelling advice are constantly bombarded with the message: Every story needs conflict; nay, every scene! But is this really true? When advice-givers say ‘conflict’, what are they really talking about? Successful stories don’t need conflict… if conflict means arguing, wrestling and wishing each other dead. Stories need opponents. Here’s the […]

  • The Bridges Of Madison County Film Study

    The Bridges Of Madison County Film Study

    The Bridges of Madison County is a 1995 American one-true-love romance. The film is based on a 1992 best-selling, terribly written novel by Robert James Waller. Stephen King gives the novel a roasting in his well-known book On Writing. Almost everyone who wants to be a writer seems to have read King’s writing book, part autobiography, part…

  • Three by the Sea by Mini Grey Picture Book Analysis

    Three by the Sea by Mini Grey Picture Book Analysis

    Three By The Sea is a 2010 picture book by British writer-illustrator Mini Grey. This storyteller comes from South Wales, which is somewhat evident in the setting. The most widely borrowed picture book from Mini Grey is the wonderfully metafictional Traction Man series. This one has metafictional elements also, and offers plenty of picture book…

  • Open House on Haunted Hill by John Wiswell Short Story Analysis

    Open House on Haunted Hill by John Wiswell Short Story Analysis

    “Open House on Haunted Hill” is a Nebula Award winning short (ghost?) story by John Wiswell, published in 2020. I’ve recently immersed myself in ghost stories from the 18- and 1900s. But how does one go about writing a contemporary ghost story? Can modern writers still write an original and surprising ghost story? I mean,…

  • Young Adult And Middle Grade Books With Trans Feminine Characters

    Young Adult And Middle Grade Books With Trans Feminine Characters

    Young adult readers can now find better queer diversity scattered across young adult literature. Many of these new stories feature trans masculine characters. Here are some young adult stories featuring trans feminine characters.

  • Extra by Yiyun Li Short Story Analysis

    Extra by Yiyun Li Short Story Analysis

    “Extra” is a short story by Chinese-American author Yiyun Li. Deborah Treisman and Sarah Shun-lien Bynum discuss this story in 2021 at the New Yorker Fiction podcast. This was the second story Yiyun Li published anywhere. “Extra” was included in Li’s 2005 debut collection A Thousand Years Of Good Prayers. Brilliant and original, A Thousand Years…

  • Books About Non-binary Genders For Readers Of All Ages

    Books About Non-binary Genders For Readers Of All Ages

    Gender is in Western culture a relational concept. And “masculinity” relies on a binary relationship with femininity. Non-binary people have existed since the dawn of humankind, and are now cracking open proscribed Western gender expectations for everyone.

  • Gallatin Canyon by Thomas McGuane Short Story Analysis

    Gallatin Canyon by Thomas McGuane Short Story Analysis

    “Gallatin Canyon” is a short, grim road trip story by American author Thomas McGuane. This story served as the title of McGuane’s 2006 collection. In 2021, Deborah Treisman and Téa Obreht discussed its merits on the New Yorker fiction podcast. SYNOPSIS A man and a woman drive through Gallatin Canyon, toward Idaho, where the narrator…

  • Two Weeks With The Queen by Morris Gleitzman Novel Study

    Two Weeks With The Queen by Morris Gleitzman Novel Study

    Two Weeks With The Queen is an Australian middle grade novel by Morris Gleitzman. My edition is copyrighted 1989, though other places on the web will tell you this book was first published in 1990 or 1991.