ON TYRANNY – Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century


I love the way the obscene word ‘TRUMP’ doesn’t appear once in Timothy Snyder’s book (Bodley Head 2017 ISBN 9781847924889) which is clearly directed that way. The ‘fascism’ that’s sweeping the whole world is entirely represented by the five letters and by anybody who associates with them – Mayhem in the UK, for instance. “Fascism?” […]

Literary Studies and Life


All life is fiction but it fails to get recorded as fiction. Reading high literature is the cleanest, neatest form of learning about life that there is. Last Christmas I determined to re-read the whole of Iris Murdoch – all 26 novels. I’ve got to number 8… The Italian Girl In The Unofficial Rose, Mildred […]

Multiple-I’s & I-tags


Preamble We imagine that we consist of one ‘I’ only. All the time we imagine this we are not only kidding ourselves but we are losing the opportunity to re-arrange the way we think about our lives. We are many ‘I’s: Being-miserable-I one day and Being-happy-I the next; Feeling-competent-I one moment and Being-severely-challenged-I the next; […]