Ask me anything
"Can we bring back the third-person narrator?"
1) I really think novels should be in the third person, unless there’s a very good reason for them not to be. Too many debut novelists, it seems to me, think that the first person is easier than the third. It’s not: it’s significantly more difficult to tell a story when the narrator is within that story, and doesn’t have the advantage of omniscience.
2) Relatedly: can we bring back the third-person narrator? I read a lot of novels where there’s a lot of statement – about what’s happening or what a character’s thinking – and not a lot of texture to that statement; no sense of the novel itself having an opinion on the events it relates. Perhaps it’s the long reach of Hemingway, but whatever it is, the effect is often deadly – it’s forgoing one of the great generators of irony and comedy in novels.
The evolution of email
I think email - or people’s use of it - needs to involve from the formal hangovers of the letter from where it evolved. Simply put, no Dear/Hello/Hi, no preamble “Hope you are well”, no best wishes, or regards of any kind. Just “Can you send me the image” or “Are you interested in etc”. Productivity up 500%; British economy sorted.