From that fabulous piece about Black Swan Green everyone’s linking. David Mitchell says:
"Teen fashions are mercilessly cruel and short," Mitchell says. "But there are always badges and uniforms that reject the infant and the adult worlds. As a writer you never really alienate people by judiciously using obscure details, because what they represent is universal."
"To unlearn the experience and street wisdom you’ve gained through tough lessons leaves you vulnerable. It was painful fun."
Definitely a piece worth reading. (Spotted first at Bookninja.)