The North and South Divide: The Quest for Mind and Body Co-operation

This morning I sought out some good old-fashioned inspiration by investing a good half an hour or so wandering around the store Planet Organic in the village-style suburb of Muswell Hill area of north London. It is an especially good place for health-conscious people, vegans, vegetarians and anyone seeking to eat organic and natural foods. The PALEO … More The North and South Divide: The Quest for Mind and Body Co-operation

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures and The Literary Impetus

John Le Carré explains in a Guardian newspaper online feature: ‘I wrote The Spy Who Came in From the Cold at the age of 30 under intense, unshared, personal stress, and in extreme privacy.’ Within six weeks the novel was completed. In the midst of the writing process, Le Carré knew this novel would change the direction … More Desperate Times, Desperate Measures and The Literary Impetus

Boys, Boats and The Bounty of Literature

‘Nice? It’s the only thing,’ said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke.  ‘Believe me, my young friend; there is nothing – absolutely nothing- half as much worth doing as simply messing, about in boats. Simply messing,’ he went on dreamily: ‘messing – about – in – boats; messing –’ Excerpt … More Boys, Boats and The Bounty of Literature

Mamet and Me: What I gained from David Mamet’s ‘On Directing Film’

My former professor would not be pleased if she turned over the pages of my copy of David Mamet’s On Directing Film (1991, Penguin, New York). In a conversation, during a walk to the English Faculty on a fine autumn day in 2014 in my first semester at University of Oxford she made it crystal … More Mamet and Me: What I gained from David Mamet’s ‘On Directing Film’