Killings brings you our fortnightly selection of posts that have amused, enlightened and generally distracted us.

This week’s take on the debate regarding creative writing programs – the positive and the not so positive.

Nine popular European tourist attractions that you might want to miss

The legacy of The X-Files

A poignant letter to a 16-year-old Jackson Pollock from his father

What movies make you ignore everything else?

Velveteen gloves, capes, butterfly nets: things famous writers wouldn’t leave home without

The greatest books of all time, as voted by 125 authors

Top ten films of 2011? And twelve you’ll only want to watch once