Space for a Pen, part III, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Sunday 9 December 2012


John Ruskin attached a tower to his bedroom on his mountainside estate, Brantwood, on the shores of Coniston Water in Cumbria. Unlike Sackville-West’s, his tower room windowed on all sides, almost a capsule, offered a corner in which to escape from recurring nightmares or to watch the stars.


Space for a Pen, part II, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Thursday 6 December 2012

I think of Virginia Woolf’s essay and cabin, Vita Sackville-West’s tower, and Carlyle’s study, their necessary, self-imposed isolation, and wonder how Jane Austen managed to produce six scintillating novels, at least two of which are masterpieces, in the midst of the busy domesticity of a small house where servants and family bumped against each other crossing a threshold.


Vita Sackville-West's Tower and White Garden at Sissinghurst 
 

Space for a Pen, part I, by Kenneth Radu   > read more...


Wednesday 5 December 2012

Though Carlyle was a literary giant of quasi-mythic proportions and a hero to Victorians, his theories and writing are largely forgotten or ignored outside of university departments of English. That is the fate enjoyed by many a writer, and one need not be dead.

Ten Steps to Riches: A practical guide for new Canadians - Step Four, by Felicia Mihali   > read more...


Tuesday 4 December 2012


Author Felicia Mihali (Photo: Martine Doyon)
 

Step Four: Your Children's Education

Are you wondering how it will be possible to pay your child’s private school tuition fees -- about $5,000 a year – when you are still educating yourself and you have no job?

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