Stories are usually told in the past tense; the reader reads the past in the present and transports herself into the present of the story world. Deviating from the past tense adds emphasis—something different is happening, something strange. Adults...

During this lockdown our virtual worlds have expanded with FaceTime for family, Teams meetings for colleagues, Skype dinners with friends, theatre on Youtube, and Salon’s online Book Club.

My first online bookclub was with Emma Jane Unsworth who...

Rabbits are famous for two things: fecundity and a love of lettuce. While these two ideas are not commonly linked in modern times, that has not always been the case.

Symbols of modernity might more commonly be morbidly obese people eating ultra...

While I was living in Korea, I’d read about the subscription box phenomenon. Back in England, I decided to try them for Dora.

Subscriptions boxes weren’t originally conceived for children. Subscription boxes started with Birchbox and beauty produ...

As with fish and chips, I never thought I’d miss hot cross buns. I did—and more so after having a baby. A British bakery did make a version of hot cross buns in Seoul with cranberries. As I wrote in a previous post, it's hard to find ingredients...

Even though European stockpiling became an object of ridicule, scarcity of ingredients is a problem I often faced in Korea. To combat the scarcity, on visits home to Britain, or when I saw products on shelves in Korea, I stockpiled.

Stockpiling...