In the West, we have a vague sense that poetry is good for
our ‘souls’, making us sensitive and wiser. Yet we
don’t always know how this should work. Poetry has a hard
time finding its way into our lives in any practical...
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...
Now that the sun is finally out and spring seems to be
bursting forth like pent-up religious fervour, I feel a huge
desire to start afresh, and turn myself into something new.
I’ve been treading water too long, unable to move on...
I’m just back from The School of Life’s intensive in Sao
Paolo. I had a truly inspiring time, and was not only filled
with ideas for how to change my life for the better, but
also fell completely in love with Brazil....
I wish I could live forever. Though maybe in a different
body, with a new nose. Do great authors of the past and
present have any wisdom to impart on this theme? Which are
the best ones to read?
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How To Think...
With the drizzle of November and the dark evenings
descending so early, I am feeling a strong need to either
fly to Tobago or make some serious changes in my life. What
they should be, I’m not sure. Join the next Iron...
With the season of spooks approaching, I feel a tingling in
my fingers; they itch to find some scary tales to read aloud
around a fire on a dark autumnal evening – or to read to
myself, enjoying the feeling of my...
With a mixture of dismay and delight, I feel the summer
holidays coming to an end. Thrilled though I will be to pack
my kids off back to school, I will miss them being around,
and I have to face the real...
I am a painter, and I worry about issues of originality.
It’s almost impossible to paint in a style that is
completely unique. I wish I could. I spend much of my life
and waste half of my canvasses in vain attempts...
I am really excited about the Olympic Games in London, but
can’t get a single ticket! I am inclined to either hang
around the events on the outside just to soak up the
atmosphere, or to take off somewhere far away and...