Daily archives: May 25, 2014

Michael Gove just added some books to my ‘must read’ pile

I admit I haven’t read Of Mice and Men or To Kill a Mockingbird. Like Zelig and Moby Dick, I guessed I’d get around to it eventually. Now that I’ve found that Michael Gove doesn’t think they should be on the GCSE English literature syllabus, I know I should get around to it sooner.

(Full disclosure: I failed English Literature at O-level. We studied the Scottish play, Oliver Twist and the collected works of Robert Frost- a mix Gove would approve of. I like to think I was rebelling against the course’s insistence on telling us what to think about the books, rather than teaching us how to evaluate them for ourselves. But it’s possible that something less melodramatic and over-wrought than Oliver Twist might have held my attention better.)

By the time he was my age, Leonardo Da Vinci still hadn’t achieved much of note

Via this post, an interesting two part mini-doc on the “lost years” many artists go through before finding the style and techniques which will make them famous.

I’m off to do some writing, even if it turns out to be another of the stories that doesn’t quite work and ends up unfinished.

The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci was no genius from Delve on Vimeo.