On Claire Maguire, "Lilac Wine" (Jeff Buckley Cover)

@MMTortuga I hear you. For me it's an Elkie Brooks cover since that's the version I grew up with. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0RfTsZvk4M Love her.

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:01 am 1

On We Didn't Use to Say It Like This

Usen't sounds very normal to me, if posh (Brit). Although I see from one of the comments that it's considered lower class so that's me told. Didn't use to sounds horrific.

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 10:49 am 0

On Poetry: A Love Story

Love this! I actually do like some poetry but mainly for the rhythm and the musicality (which is why they must rhyme or else it's cheating) and not for the pronouncements about cold plums. I recommend you never read Ted Hughes drivelling on about animals. Although Ogden Nash, yes.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm 0

On Get These White Boys Out My Children's Books

@cat o'clock yes I love Snowy Day - a lot because it is just beautifully drawn

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm 0

On Get These White Boys Out My Children's Books

@OhMarie That's the thing...the tigers turn into butter!!! Anyone who has ever read it just remembers that it's fantastic because the tigers turn into butter! I am only glad it's been rewritten so I can share it with my children because otherwise obviously I just wouldn't. But that would be a shame because the hero is a cool one.

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm 0

On Get These White Boys Out My Children's Books

@Blushingflwr Yes and I notice that is true for men in general. Women read both, men only read about men. It's also why JK Rowling had to be JK, not Joanna, so that the boys could think they were reading a book by a man. I also happen to think it's not a coincidence that Hilary Mantel finally won the Booker for writing a book which was written from a man's point of view. Totally depressing.

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 11:24 am 1

On Get These White Boys Out My Children's Books

In my 70s British childhood, I deeply loved a book about a child of colour where that child was the hero of the story. It was the only one I can remember but I loved it. Trouble is (and I wasn't aware of the issue at the time) it was "Little Black Sambo". No idea if that book is familiar to Americans but it was fairly current here in the UK from my mum's childhood (I had her copy) and mine. It's now been rewritten and reillustrated as The Story of Little Babaji and I read it to my children who love it too - but thankfully now without the off language.

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 11:05 am 1

On 26 Abortion Stories

@Don'tcallmeJenny Agree. My abortion didn't even feel like a decision - it was so obvious. I just knew. And it was fine and I really don't carry any burden about it at all.

I also have an issue with people saying "no one is pro abortion". I am... Sometimes it's the best, most life affirming, most thoughtful course of action. If a woman wants not to have a baby, the existence of abortion is a matter for celebration. There are women who are not in that place and abortion will be tough for them - but lets not be coy about it - for some women it's a liberation. But we're not supposed to say that.

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 6:02 pm 3

On "The truth is, the ten or twenty minutes I was somebody’s mother were black magic": Ariel Levy's "Thanksgiving in Mongolia"

@antilamentation I feel these comments are somewhat naïve. She'd just delivered a desperately premature baby and was offered a tampon - she and everyone in the hotel was not equipped to deal with this because this is an extraordinary experience. She was on the verge of death and had already lost a child, right there in the hotel room. Not sure what level of thought is appropriate in these circumstances - and no I don't think it should have been edited.

It's not "casual racism" to think "where the hell am I and who is looking after me and what will happen to me and will I die?" when you are suddenly facing your own death and the death of your baby and you are thousands of miles from any one who loves you or from anything familiar. How do you think the Syrian asylum seekers travelling across Europe to find refuge feel if they are forced to give birth and face a terrible loss in a foreign land where they don't know the language and don't understand the system and don't recognise the food and are a thousand miles away from home? Not "Oh gosh what a lovely place this is and how I hope to get to know it deeply so I can represent it fairly in all my future descriptions of this event".

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm 3

On "The truth is, the ten or twenty minutes I was somebody’s mother were black magic": Ariel Levy's "Thanksgiving in Mongolia"

This is really searing. I've never read anything like it. Thank you Ariel for sharing the story of your baby.

I want every man in the world to read it.

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm 0