When short stories were still widely published in magazines, they had the capacity to react to unfolding events, writes Philip Hensher, the novelist and critic who edited these two volumes. Now the principal outlets for short story writers are no longer periodicals — apart from Standpoint and a few others — but competitions. “The dullest short stories I read from the last fifteen years were … Continue reading Standpoint Magazine: The Story Of The Short Story
One summer afternoon in 1862, the mathematician Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) took the daughters of his dean at Christ Church, Oxford, on a boat trip down the Thames. He entertained the three sisters, Alice, Lorina and Edith Liddell, with the whimsical story of Alice’s adventures in a magical world entered through a rabbit hole. On their return to Oxford, Alice asked Carroll to write down … Continue reading Standpoint Magazine: Further Adventures
There is a lot we can learn from what pop culture tells the youngest members of our society. Take the cartoon character Mr Krabs, who is the owner of the Krusty Krab restaurant and employer of SpongeBob, star of the popular eponymous children’s TV show. The success of Mr Krab’s restaurant is built on a lack of competition and a closely guarded recipe for his … Continue reading Money Observer: What fund managers can learn from cartoon villains
Drug prices pose an ethical dilemma. On the one hand, treatments should be affordable to those who need them, but on the other, companies will have to finance many failed drug development attempts in order to uncover the successful few, so each life-saver may carry a hefty price tag. While pharmaceutical companies tend to deal with well-known generic drugs, biotech companies focus on developing new … Continue reading Money Observer: Is it time to invest in biotech?
The photographs of storybook homes are a fleeting vision of an American dream that aspired to a ranch of one’s own “Storybook ranch houses”, built in the 1950s and 1960s, are a feature of neighbourhoods in the American south-west. The first photograph above was taken in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where such dreamy, pastel-coloured homes stand in contradiction to the desert that surrounds them. The … Continue reading Financial Times: ‘All You Can Lose is Your Heart’ by KayLynn Deveney
The photographer describes her work as ‘explorations of everyday experiences and observations of inner city life from a female perspective’ Hannah Starkey’s new urban landscapes often contain people, but she rarely captures them interacting. Instead her photographs portray moments of lonely contemplation, the subjects absorbed in private reverie, staring into space, at a wall or another woman, or at themselves in a mirror — as … Continue reading Financial Times: ‘Mirror – Untitled (2005)’