The Lottery (1969) – short film and commentary

‘…violence is something that we, in mid-twentieth century America have unfortunately had to do a great deal of thinking about.’ A faithfully eerie 1969 short film adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s short story ‘The Lottery’. Filmed by the Encyclopædia Britannica Educational Corporation, it’s accompanied by period … Continue reading The Lottery (1969) – short film and commentary

‘All the time that I am making beds and doing dishes and driving to town for dancing shoes, I am telling myself stories,’

Shirley Jackson’s biographer, Ruth Franklin, discusses the unexpected and complex ways in which the author’s experiences of motherhood fed into her writing. ‘Jackson had always had an imaginative, even magical mind, filled with witchcraft lore, myths, and fantasies of her own devising. Hyman, ever a … Continue reading ‘All the time that I am making beds and doing dishes and driving to town for dancing shoes, I am telling myself stories,’