April 30, 2015
Does reading fiction make us better people? I was asked this question by Nigel Warburton for the excellent new debate forum at Aeon Ideas. I argued contrariwise, but I also loved Tony Bradman’s argument in favour. I especially like his image of fiction as a flight simulator for the emotions. Read it all here.
It seemed appropriate to illustrate this with my recent to-be-read pile . After taking the photo, I dismantled it, read some of them, put some on the shelf, took some back to the library, and left some to seed a new to-be-read pile.
April 28, 2015
It’s no accident that “New York” and “walk” rhyme. Well, for a Brit they do. Not for a New Yorker. Bang goes that theory.
April 27, 2015
April 16, 2015
So this is me for the next two months! Very excited to be here.