Archive | December, 2011

Paper tree

Tree Paper Scissors

This exquisite paper ‘poetree’ appeared in March as an anonymous gift to the Scottish Poetry Library, followed in June by a gramophone and coffin carved from the pages of an Ian Rankin novel. More statues followed, including this gloves of bee’s fur, cap of wren’s wing and a Tyrannosaurus Rex emerging from the pages of […]

Screen Shot

Analyzable: Arthur Conan Doyle

Notes on the writerly ‘voice’ of Arthur Conan Doyle, from the September/October issue of Intelligent Life magazine: ‘Dr Watson doesn’t write to you, he talks to you, with Edwardian courtesy, across a glowing fire.’ So said John le Carré, one of many writers in thrall to Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). His most famous creation, Sherlock […]

Top Goon

So Little Time, So Many Links

First up, the revolution will be televised: Click on the image above (or here for the Arabic) to see a trailer of Top Goon, puppet political satire from Syria. The Guardian dubs 2011 the year of the translator and The National considers the “steep upwards trend” in Arabic literature in translation. If you ever wondered […]


1902: The Hound of the Baskervilles

In the third of Arthur Conan Doyle’s four classic detective novels, The Hound of the Baskervilles, that master of deduction Sherlock Holmes and his trustworthy companion, Dr. Watson, face a seemingly supernatural foe, a gigantic hound that stalks the heirs of the Baskerville fortune. First serialized in The Strand Magazine, the story also played the […]