I am not ashamed to say that I have an abiding interest in popularity. Not my own so much — though I’m as eager to be liked as anyone — but popularity as a process and a phenomenon. Why are certain people, ideas, or stories popular at any given moment? Are there ways to make ideas or works of art that are currently unfashionable, fashionable?
This week, I ambled into the Anthropologie in SoHo, convinced I needed more artisan squirrel letter openers and frilly aprons adorned with arabesques. Along with the usual twee displays of coat hangers magically becoming birds in flight, there was something that stopped me dead in my tracks – a display of old Reader’s Digest books from decades ago, each sawed into a different letter.
Back in the early 2000s, a twenty-something New Yorker with a soul-crushing secretarial job suddenly started living every blogger’s dream: she scored a publishing deal to turn her popular food blog, The Julie/Julia Project, into a book.
Seventy-five years after Philip Marlowe stepped out for the first time in The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler's hardboiled private detective is as sharp as ever. But have you solved the mystery of his enduring appeal? Test your knowledge of his life and work with our quiz
During the coming year Charlotte will be developing a toolkit of resources and programs for emerging writers - including her magazine for writers, podcasts, creativity workshops, writing retreats and mentoring.