word craft



The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie

The Art of the Book

In the course of my life­time, the print­ed, hard-bound book has under­gone a mas­sive trans­for­ma­tion. It is still a codex, but the qual­i­ty of the book itself, the bind­ing, the paper, the design, and the print­ing has, in my mind, great­ly deteriorated. 

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The Player King

The True King of England

Lit­tle is known about Lam­bert Sim­nel. Who was he real­ly? Where did he come from? How did he come to be cho­sen as a legit­i­mate pre­tender to the Eng­lish throne?

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The Murder of Roger Akroyd Agatha Christie


One of the key ques­tions a writer must come to terms with right from the begin­ning is—how is the sto­ry to be told? What is “the Point of View,” also known as POV? Is it me or he/she?

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Denver Academy

Listen to Those Feet

Start­ing this week, I will be read­ing a new book to a class of 6th graders. I’ll be read­ing it even though it is not tru­ly finished.

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Distrest Poet William Hogarth

Art Prints That Are Novelesque in Content

A good num­ber of years ago, when liv­ing on the East Coast, I spent leisure time dur­ing many a week­end wan­der­ing about flea mar­kets look­ing for old children’s books and British 18th-cen­tu­ry prints. 

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The Christmas Rat

Christmas Books

Christ­mas can mean many things to many peo­ple. For my part, I great­ly enjoy Christ­mas, in par­tic­u­lar the Christ­mas books I love.

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