Geek, Memory: Lisa Simpson

At Christmas when I was a kid, while my big brother was unwrapping toys, I received my annualpile of books, which I would read happily to the tinny Pokemon soundtrack jangling from his new Gameboy. Shy and bookish, I began to forge affiliates – idols – out of fictional characters. Typically, they were vegetarians, often […]

Transgressive Treats: Food and Shame in Children’s Literature

On Easter Sunday, baker Ruby Tandoh implored her twitter followers, voraciously eyeing her food-filled feed, to “please channel Bruce Bogtrotter today as you triumph over those who use food to shame & subdue you”. Tandoh and Roald Dahl alike recognise food’s power as a currency of control. Tandoh attached to her tweet a frame of a triumphant Bruce from […]