Abstract art continues to provoke annoyance and confusion in
equal measure. You know the kind of thing: a large empty
white canvas, with a solitary deep black line down the
middle. A splodge of purple paint against a yellow
background. Ten steel beams arranged...
Wise men are able to make a fitting use even of their
I recently did an event at the School of Life titled What
Stands in the Way becomes the Way. The event focused on how
to channel Stoic principles into modern life,...
There’s something very special about the five-day
intensive Summer School, something that makes it much more
than a week of some very good The School of Life classes.
And, when I teach it, both here in the UK and, as we have
Whenever something looks interesting or beautiful, there’s
a natural impulse to want to capture and preserve it –
which means, in this day and age, that we’re likely to
reach for our phones to take a picture.
Though this would seem to be an...
Next Thursday 15 May we are thrilled to be joined by Natalie
Merchant, in an evening of music and conversation with
Alain de Botton.
Natalie's career began when, as a college student, she
joined the seminal alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. She
left the group in...
To celebrate her upcoming Sunday Sermon 'A DJ Saved My
Life', we asked Mary Anne Hobbs to give us a playlist of the
songs that shaped her. It shows off her eclectic tastes,
covering everything from hip hop to techno to jazz.
1. Respond honestly to what you really love
When punk emerged in the mid-70s, the whole fabric of John
Peel’s BBC Radio 1 programme changed overnight. He
abandoned epic 25-minute Prog-Rock overtures made by men in
embroidered capes, and gave over all of his...
My teens never seem to read at the moment – they are
always on their i-pads, or phones, but it’s hard to sit
them down with a good book. Do you have any good
recommendations that might hook them in?
As Muhammed Ali entered the ring to face George Foreman
before their epic 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" fight, he
noticed that the humid Zaire air had slightly loosened the
tension in the ropes around the boxing ring. In that instant
Ali came up...
When you are able to improvise, almost anything becomes
possible. I really believe that - and just as I was planning
to write this blog post I was handed a wonderful example of
improvisation actually saving people's lives.
But what do I mean by...
I'm currently sitting my living room, working, with the
balcony door open. There is no music on, but there is a lot
of sound. There's a long, underlying wash of distant
traffic, and differently-pitched drones of motorbikes and
cars close by, which swell and...