In which we discuss,
along with, among other things...
- The thing about MacGuffins
The MacGuffin is the engine that sets the story in motion. It can be anything, or nothing at all. In The 39 Steps, it is "secrets vital to your air defence"; in Number Seventeen it is a valuable piece of jewellery, while in The Lady Vanishes it is, in the most perfectly abstract of all Hitchcock's MacGuffins, a coded message contained in a piece of music.
- That one book by Ray Bradbury, R is for Rocket, and, in particular, a quote that speaks to Nina Allan’s The Art of Space Travel (emphasis mine)
- There was this fence where we pressed our faces and felt the wind turn warm and held to the fence and forgot who we were or where we came from but dreamed of who we might be and where we might go…
- Some things concerning Alan Bennett