What you read in 2015

This blog would be nothing without its readers. Thank you to everyone who stopped by, made a comment or a … More

Because failure is assured

Recently I have been reading the exquisite prose of Janna Malamud Smith, in her book-length meditation on creativity: An Absorbing Errand: … More

Seth Godin: V is for Vulnerable

Yesterday I listened to a dialogue between Debbie Millman and Seth Godin on art-making, resistance, anxiety, how the internet has changed … More

Just one thing

It all started with two remarks, one by a friend, the other by a stranger at work. ß The friend’s … More

What’s next?

My main memory of watching The West Wing is the way Martin Sheen would wrap up discussions with his staff by … More

Books that changed me in 2013

I began the year with two books which helped me slow down and breathe: Christian McEwen’s World Enough and Time and … More

The art of Jörn Cann

This is Jörn Cann. He was my ward doctor at the haematology unit where I was treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma … More

Lifesaving Poems: Gerard Manley Hopkins’s ‘No worst, there is none’

I treated myself to Seth Godin‘s newish book The Icarus Deception recently. It is both dense and light, profound and easy to … More