Studio envy: Writing retreats

Writers traditionally retreat to cabins and other isolated spaces to prime creativity and find focus. George Bernard Shaw wrote plays in a ramshackle hut at the bottom of his garden. Roald Dahl worked in a gypsy-style shed for 30 years. George Orwell moved to a remote Scottish island […]

Memoir: Medusa Head

My boy cousins and I are hunkered down around a see-through grate in the floor of our bedroom at my grandmother Josephine’s. We are on a daring mission. You have to know my grandmother to understand why we are trembling. We are about to be wicked, and impossibly brave.