Viewing entries posted in May 2012
I know my favourite places to eat, drink and shop for any
eating occasion, any Londoner worth their salt (Maldon, of
course) knows that we have available a plethora of
ever-evolving worldwide cuisine choices, suitable for all
palates and pockets. So what could An...
In his 2010 Booker-shortlisted novel, In A Strange Room,
the South African author Damon Galgut plays an unsettling
trick with perspective. The book is a triptych of stark,
stripped-down fictions about travel, each centred on a
character named Damon. For the most part, Damon’s actions,
thoughts and feelings...
Although one might dispute that societies have always
progressed, they have certainly always changed. The Digital
Age brings changes to our society on a daily basis. The
speed and extent of this change seem to divide commentators
into two camps. There are those that...
It’s one of the most difficult decisions we can make: in
order lead a fulfilling life should we conform and initiate
change from within the system, or rebel against
conventionalism and all the sacrifices that entails?
Even after making a decision, we can often find ourselves
Not so long ago psychoanalyst Adam Phillips - a man not shy
of expressing complex ideas - wrote these alarming words
about the definition of sanity in his book, Going Sane,
‘… it [sanity] has never been systematically studied or
defined’. His argument said if...
When we stop to consider the towns and cities that we have
built around us, it is astonishing how abominable most
public landscaping is and how detrimental to the human
spirit. How is it that we have we come to a collective
agreement to accept it? Why do...
Anyone wanting to damage their intellectual credentials at a
stroke need only do one simple thing: confess they read
There's no more ridiculed genre in the literary canon –
and you can see why. Most self-help books are written by
Americans of the...
Try to imagine yourself sitting quietly and not thinking
Probably after a second or two of blankness a thought will
Suddenly you’re thinking again.
Our brains seem desperate to keep themselves busy. So much
so that neuroscientists have defined a...
It was around this time of year, just over a decade ago,
that I had a breakdown. During my three years at university,
my mental health had got worse and worse. It started with
panic attacks, that arose out of nowhere like tornadoes.
I’ve been studying for the last few years to become a
lawyer, and I feel terribly out of touch with my creative
side. I used to paint, draw and dance, but now I simply
don’t have time. I am worried that I...
Why do we spend so much of our precious holiday time queuing
up to see famous paintings like the Mona Lisa, even if we
are not that interested in art? And why do we drag ourselves
to all those cathedrals, museums and monuments...