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Harry Mount on Asking Questions

In these days of increasing self-advertisement and diminishing curiosity about the outside world beyond the contents of our email inbox the art of asking questions is in decline. Conversation is a tennis match; when you lob a question flattering the ego of the person...
Posted by Harry Mount
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Catherine Blyth on Spoiling Yourself

Never read Salman Rushdie? Then you can't like cream cakes.  Long before the mullahs issued their fatwa against him, Rushdie became the bard of lardy sins when he coined the 1970s Dairy Council slogan 'Naughty but nice'.  The ad lasted well into the 1980s,...
Posted by Catherine Blyth
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Mark Vernon on Choice and Freedom

It's common to equate freedom with choice, these days. It's also common to note that too much choice can be overwhelming. I didn't want a near limitless choice of toothpastes, when I went to the chemists the other day. I just wanted one that...
Posted by Mark Vernon
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Simon Critchley on the Future

What will be the defining issues of the coming decade? Consider the following three trends. First, ever-growing environmental devastation. Second, continuing growth of the already cavernous social inequalities between the rich and the poor that lead the rich to fear the poor and live...
Posted by Simon Critchley
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Mark Vernon on Forgiveness

Forgiveness is such an important matter because if you can't forgive you compromise your future. You tie yourself to the past in cycles of regret and revenge. You must absolve those who have wronged you because if you don't, you won't be able to...
Posted by Mark Vernon
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Alex Ross on Music

The human species likes to use music as a means of taking comfort and finding the familiar: we relax to it, let it conjure bygone days, rely on it to identify like-minded people. Although there's no great harm in that, the habit of employing...
Posted by Alex Ross
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Nick Southgate on Apathy

Winter is all but upon us, with only the promise that it will get colder and greyer before springtime's rescue arrives. The economic climate offers little encouragement either. The green shoots of recovery seem distant and abstract amongst rumours of all too concrete cuts,...
Posted by Nick Southgate
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Mark Vernon on Fairness

What is fair? What is equality? Are they always good? We're hearing a lot about it, what with the cuts. But can we make much sense of the words? It's a tough one. I think that part of the problem has to do...
Posted by Mark Vernon
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Roman Krznaric on Shopping

 In 1838, the world's first department store grandly opened its doors in Paris. Le Bon Marche invented the all-in-one shopping experience. Customers could buy anything from toy soldiers to a wedding dress without having to haggle over prices or walk the filthy streets. It spawned...
Posted by Roman Krznaric
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Robert Rowland Smith on Living The Dream

 Do you have fantasies? They don't have to be scenes of the erotic: they can be innocuous images of living in the sun, winning the lottery, getting that promotion, falling in love, or receiving a prize. The good news is that, if you do,...
Posted by Robert Rowland Smith
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Dear Bibliotherapist.......

Dear Bibliotherapist, I spend far more time listening to music than I do reading. When I was younger I had time to do both, but I now tend to only read for work, and listen to music for pleasure. Some of my friends listen...
Posted by Ella Berthoud

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