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Viewing entries posted in July 2010

30
Jul

Dear Bibliotherapist...

Tent Dear Bibliotherapist, I recently got dumped at a festival. I'm 39, and I feel too old either for festivals, or for being dumped. Can you suggest some books to give me solace? Dear Dumped, Sadly none of us is too old...
Posted by The School of Life
30
Jul

Mark Vernon on Suspending Disbelief

Cinema-screen1 Ours is an age that wants to know. A train that is just minutes late will enrage us. A politician who confesses the future is uncertain will take a hit in the polls. A scientist who states her research offers only probabilities...
Posted by The School of Life
28
Jul

Roman Krznaric on Plato\'s Symposium at Latitude

Feast for Blog In the fourth century BC, Plato wrote a dialogue recording the conversation that was alleged to have taken place at a famous banquet attended by the philosopher Socrates and a smattering of ancient Greek playwrights, playboys and aristocrats. The subject...
Posted by The School of Life
23
Jul

Robert Rowland Smith on Breaking Up for The Holidays

School When I was a schoolboy, the six weeks of summer holiday seemed an eternity. They were so long that I couldn't conceive them ever ending. With nothing to do but watch Test Matches on television or reorganise my bedroom, the days took...
Posted by The School of Life
22
Jul

We All Need Words on Making Words Count

Can you remember the first text you ever sent?  No, I can't either. Texts are as routine to me as putting on my shoes before I go out. But not for my Dad. He's had a mobile for a couple of years,...
Posted by The School of Life
16
Jul

Nick Southgate on Being Witty

Esprit-escalier Challenged at New York Customs Oscar Wilde is said to have responded I have nothing to declare but my genius.  Wilde's preternatural ability to have the right words for the moment is why he is regarded as a great wit. Wit is...
Posted by The School of Life
12
Jul

Spencer Wells on Unintended Consequences

Cornmaze Look around you.  Whether you're at work, sitting on a train or eating breakfast at home, your typical daily activities are only possible because of a momentous decision made over ten millennia ago.  It was then that our ancestors, living in a...
Posted by The School of Life
09
Jul

Catherine Blyth on Sex and Swimwear

In kindergarten, I craved a bikini almost as much as to be blonde. Had Primark sold one with foam 'breasts', I'd have been thrilled. Blame Barbie. If you don't believe bikini confidence is the apex of female achievement, read a gossip mag. See a...
Posted by The School of Life
08
Jul

Mark Brickman on Potential

Potential is a word with an ambivalent recent history.  For some of us, the word may echo the Human Potential Movement of 1960's California with its project of discovering authentic identity free from constraining social pressures.  For others of us, it may smack of...
Posted by The School of Life
06
Jul

Dear Bibliotherapist...

Dear Bibliotherapist, I am off on my holidays soon, and I can't wait to get my teeth into some good books. I need something for the plane, both ways and a couple of books for when I'm lounging on the beach! What do you...
Posted by The School of Life
05
Jul

Gavin Pretor-Pinney on Seeing

What's the difference between looking and seeing? According to John Constable, 'We see nothing truly till we understand it.' I think he had a point. Take ocean waves, for instance. Looking at waves is, of course, a deliciously meditative and calming pastime. Their eternal ebb...
Posted by The School of Life

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