Storytelling and Revenue: Design is Money

Design is Storytelling by Ellen Lupton is a great read: fast, funny, useful. Design is not storytelling for pleasure: stories are being used to make money.

A poster is designed. Objects are designed. Museums are designed. The design of everything,...

Art and Science

Recently we have seen a lot of lichen on our walks. Once beautiful green hedges are suddenly covered with a sort of green fungus. What are lichens?

Dawkins has an answer in his book, The Selfish Gene.

Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene,...

Diary of an MP’s Wife

The trope of Lady Macbeth is well-worn—a strong woman behind the scenes propping up a weak husband with power. And it is easy to dismiss The Diary of an MP’s Wife as the score-settling of an embittered wife who did not manage to crown her husband—...

The Surprising and Brilliant Suspicions of Mr Whicher

‘When I had heard all the evidence, I leaned back and shut my eyes and began to think.’
Hercule Poirot
Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie

In the best detective novels, there’s always a dazzling twist at the end—Murder on the Orient ...