stories & words

   A lifelong interest in words, their origins and uses, and how they can be arranged to make good fun and good stories or essays, are the basis for my website.

   To see the fun part, please click on the “Fun-With-Words” Blog page above.

   When I come up with an idea for a story or an essay, I add it to the “Stories” or "Essays" page.

   And there’s a fairy tale for children, which can be purchased in book form (see the “Fairy Tale” page).

   The “Memorable Sentences” and the “Recent and Current Reading” below are mostly for my friends who wonder what I’m up to these days.

          For my website on genetics, please see


Latest posting: August 17, 2020

"My Cabin in Kazakhstan"

(click on "Stories" on the menu line above)

See also other recent posts...

"Heterographic Homophones"

(Click on Blog page on the menu line above.)

See also "Jenny and Hop"

(See the page "Fairy Tales" above.)

(E-mail me about the book (see "Contact Me" page),

putting "Jenny and Hop" in the Subject line.)



  “Our social and personal lives are a process of continual fictionalization, as we internalize the other-we-are-not, dramatize them, imagine them speak for them and through them. The accuracy of this fictionalization is never guaranteed, but without an ability to at least guess at what the other might be thinking, we could have no social lives at all. . . . All storytelling is the invitation to enter a parallel space, a hypothetical arena, in which you have imagined access to whatever is not you.” --- Zadie Smith, “Fascinated to Presume: In Defense of Fiction” (2019, in The New York Review of Books, October 24, 2019, pp. 4-10)




Recent and Current reading

  • Winston S. Churchill, The Boer War (1900) – not the pure history you might have expected, but a young man’s dispatches from the South African front, told with unbridled patriotism.

  • D. H. Lawrence, The Rainbow (1915) – Three generations of the Brangwen family, with interior currents that connect them with all humanity.

  • Short Story: Elizabeth Bowen, “The Apple Tree” (1934) – one of the best stories of a haunting ever written. Elizabeth Bowen reveals landscapes of the mind you never knew existed.

  • Short Story: Colm Tóibín, “Two Women” (2011) – about, as one reviewer described it, “the ghost of lost happiness.”


Text and diagrams on this site © 2019, 2020 by Peter Luykx.  All rights reserved.