“All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic, heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.”
-Opening non-explanation for Sapphire and Steel
Sapphire and Steel was the real vehicle for terror in my childhood. Never mind hiding behind the sofa. This was a programme to be watched through a crack in the door from the next room.
Why It’s Hard To Write For Bugs Bunny
Bugs is a creation of Vaudeville, while Daffy Duck- being latterly modelled on Bob Hope’s persona, I’ve always presumed- fits into the modern world of TV and films much more neatly.
Michael Chabon on the Phantom Tollbooth
NYRB blog, 21st April 2011
I liked the tone and it reminded me that The Phantom Tollbooth was advertised at the back of every single Puffin book when I was young but was never in any libraries or bookshops.
I finally found it, 7 years after first reading about it. A search of impossible duration now.