On the Loss of Reputation

What is reputation?Reputation might be defined as the claim that one can make on the goodwill of strangers; it is what your name will mean to those who don’t know you,…

The Secret Sorrows of Over-Achievers

It’s often hard not to feel envious of them – as they ascend the stage to collect another prize, float their start-up company, are promoted a decade ahead of their peers…

You Are Not What You Earn

A fundamental belief of the modern world, which explains a lot of our anxiety around failure, is that we are what we earn. When we say this, we mean something very…

Artistic Philanthropy

There’s a large and prominent tradition of philanthropy that wishes to serve civilised values and seeks to promote them via sometimes enormous donations to the arts. A portion of the surplus…

The Need to Keep Believing in Luck

We don’t anymore nowadays much believe in Luck – or what was, in earlier ages, known as Fortune. We would think it extremely suspicious if someone explained that they had been…

On Glamour

Glamour is the reflexive sheen afforded to people and things by the approval of the most prestigious sectors of society. What we like isn’t as spontaneous as we think. Our sense…