Your ability to interpret a flash of smiling teeth, a
fleeting grimace, or a gape of incredulity and to understand
that your companion might be feeling something different to
you is fundamental to your ability to maintain meaningful
relationships. New research seems to support...
Picture yourself enjoying a meal outside an auberge in the
Provençal countryside. The fields of lavender roll off into
the distance. French voices murmur around you. You’re
served a beautiful chilled Rosé in a rustic earthenware
carafe. You ask what it is. The owner...
Oh Pleasure! you’re indeed a pleasant thing,
Although one must be damned for you, no doubt;
I make a resolution every spring
Of reformation, ere the year run out,
But, somehow, this my vestal vow takes wing,
Yet still, I trust, it...
I was born in London and by the age of ten I was traveling
around the city by bus on my own. Thus exploring the places
beyond my neighbourhood, I came to realise that the
metropolis was far larger and more diverse than...
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...
What do we want from art? A couple of weeks ago I was in
Madrid with my wife, visiting the city for the first time.
Like all committed culture vultures, we were determined to
tackle as many museums and galleries as we possibly...
Once upon a time we gave novels to one another. Perhaps one
of us needed some escapism, or a boost – or a gentle rap
on the knuckles in the form of a cautionary tale. Then we
started giving recommendations to friends unsure...
“I just had an idea that over the course of the past few
years has struck a cord, a creative design solution to an
environmental challenge. Each time someone wears A From
Somewhere piece, or each student that discovers upcycling,
and each person that...
Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) is an experimental musician and
artist of international renown whose collaborators include
Laurie Anderson and Steve McQueen. Here he gives an
illustrated listening and watching guide to enhancing the
pleasure we get from the sound that surrounds us.
The joy of sound...
The philosopher Daniel Dennett says that one of the
occupational hazards of being a philosopher is that you get
asked difficult questions at parties. Being solicited over
drinks for free consultancy is, of course, commonplace. If
you’re a doctor you’ll be asked to pass...
All successful optimists, unsurprisingly, have an unashamed
optimism of ambition about our future. To clarify, this is
not simple wishful thinking that things will work out
alright in the end, it’s optimism specifically tied to a
goal – and a conviction that that goal...