Skipper Johnny checks out his domain.
Read a great op-ed by my pal Joanne Harris from a couple of weekends ago. The last three paragraphs go:
Stories — even fairy stories — are not just entertainment. Stories are important. They help us understand who we are. They teach us empathy, respect for other cultures, other ideas. They help us articulate concepts that cannot otherwise be expressed. Stories help us communicate; they bring us together; they teach us different ways to see the world. Their value may be intangible, but it is still real.
That’s why our politicians, far from closing libraries, should be opening new ones. That’s why our thinkers, instead of dismissing fairy tales as fantasy, should celebrate creativity. That’s why our schools, instead of teaching literature in the way that gets the best grades, should be using it to fire pupils’ enthusiasm and imagination.
In the dark old days, the storyteller always had the best place by the campfire. Those days may be gone, but the power of story remains. It’s time we acknowledged that, and brought our authors out of the cold.
- Joanne Harris
from”Rich authors are work of fiction”
London Daily Telegraph, July 19, 2014
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Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
Zahatar made their Kickstarter goal for their album which means we all get to hear their versions of the tunes from my book The Little Country. Congrats to the band and thanks to everyone who supported the project. The band’s now hoping to make a few of the stretch goals in these last few days, so if you’ve been waiting to jump on board, there’s no better time than now.
Thanks for the kind words. I hope our six-yar-old likes it.
I’m having the Dark Queen vet your actual existence before answering. Expect a visit from the Cat in Black.