22
Jul
11

Some links

How to be a writer.

“First of all, let her be bored. Let her have long afternoons with absolutely nothing to do. Limit her TV-watching time and her internet-playing time and take away her cell phone. Give her a whole summer of lazy mornings and dreamy afternoons. Make sure she has a library card and a comfy corner where she can curl up with a book. Give her a notebook and five bucks so she can pick out a great pen. Insist she spend time with the family. It’s even better if this time is spent in another state, a cabin in the woods, a cottage on the lake, far from her friends and people her own age. Give her some tedious chores to do. Make her mow the lawn, do the dishes by hand, paint the garage. Make her go on long walks with you and tell her you just want to listen to the sounds of the neighborhood.”

[hat tip to The Dish.]

 

Global Elite – from The Telegraph on how the super-rich have taken over the fancy parts of the UK.

“But these countries don’t have the right infrastructure for the super-rich: the racecourses, football pitches and tennis courts that host the most famous sporting events in the world, the Palladian country houses, the garden operas, the ancient private schools. England has all these things.”

 

Ticket to Ride – interesting looking game for the family. Back in high school I played a game in geography class that was about building railroads across the USA.

 

Dalrymple on Britain and garbage. Theodore Dalrymple is deserving of respect even if only for his past career as a prison psychologist. What a crappy, unrewarding job.

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