Avan Judd Stallard - Author

Dear Academic: I Want Society’s Money Back

Recently, I came across something horrifying: Buffy studies. Remember Joss Whedon’s cult show from 1997–2003, Buffy the Vampire Slayer? I do. I watched it and enjoyed it (as well as the spinoff, Angel). Well, turns out that a whole academic industry has sprung up...

The Dunning-Kruger Effect and a Few Million Aspiring Authors

A few nights ago I was at the agents party for the British Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It’s where mostly unpublished writers get to listen to, then mingle with, literary agents—the first-level gatekeepers to the arcane world of publishing. It...

The 20 Worst Book Review Clichés

Be it through practice or a good scalding, the young fiction writer soon learns to avoid three writing sins, the very same sins committed repeatedly by professional and semi-professional book reviewers in praising books that have themselves managed to avoid such...

The Tyranny of the BBC and its Orwellian TV Licence

You hear those three letters—BBC—and think nothing but good associations. Fine documentaries. Brilliant historical dramas. Edgy comedy. All-round bastion of culture. As an Australian I was brought up on the BBC, as BBC programs stand in for about half of all content...

Scotland Farce: Camping and Hiking in the Scottish Summer (Part II)

(continued from Part I) Old man We drove north to an extremely popular walk at a series of stone monoliths and mounts called Storr. Hundreds of people were making the walk, old and young and all-sorts, making it feel a little less audacious than I might have liked to...

Scotland Farce: Camping and Hiking in the Scottish Summer (Part I)

A trip to Scotland at the height of summer—to rolling hills, rocky crags, and the charming lilt of the Scottish brogue—is hard to argue against. So Tash and I went all in. Nine days of hiking and camping, not a single scheduled night of respite in accommodation. Why...

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