‘Sesame Street’ was a pioneering educational T.V. show, intended to help underprivileged children. But even those of us middle-class kids spoilt for pedagogical choice couldn’t get enough of it.
Top-up fees mean that universities are increasingly under pressure to confer degrees upon students, who perceive the degree as a commodity they’ve purchased. Failure doesn’t enter into anyone’s calculations.
The problem with themes is that writers don’t realise they are themes until someone points them out.
If history starts as a guest list, it has a tendency to end like the memory of a drunken party: misheard, blurred, fragmentary.
At school, I was never given a sense that poetry was something flowery or light. It’s a complex and controlled way of using language. Rhythms and the music of it are very important. But the difficulty is that poetry makes some kind of claim of honesty.