“The editor believes the thing to be a just history of fact…”

Exposing fake memoirists. It's become a thing now, thanks to the sheer number of fake memoirists. However, we didn't always see things this way. The post title comes from the Preface to Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719).  In light of all the fake memoirs that seem to be making the rounds at the moment, here's [...]

“I’ve written 29 damn plays. Isn’t that enough?”

In memory of Harold Pinter, who passed away on Christmas Eve aged 78, here's a video of him sticking it to Tony Blair in 2005. Also, McCain pops up! He had some eloquent rage. Also, he wrote some plays: The Homecoming at The Almeida, Islington, in February this year (also saw No Man's Land in [...]

Writers as kids

Thanks to Gawker for this... Famous Writers as Children The Harold Pinter one is priceless: Grandpa Pap Excerpt from My Birthday Party, by Harold Pinter (aged 8): HAROLD'S MUM: Would you like a slice of cake, Harold? HAROLD: Yes please. HAROLD'S MUM: Well then, there you are. (serves cake) HAROLD: Yes. Cake's nice. HAROLD'S MUM: [...]