On the need for seriousness and what happens when we are controlled by cheap irony.
The film makes big claims and hints at even bigger ideas – but at the end of it all, is there any there there?
On Douglas Murray's defence of gratitude, how being grateful resists the poison of resentment, and the reciprocal nature of appreciating the good in…
Have the Marvel movies stopped being worth our time, and what does deserve our attention?
How good reading brings us closer to others, and how efforts to personalise all the settings on our lives make us lonelier – and more narcissistic …
On Wes Anderson's 2007 film, The Darjeeling Limited, and how absence is at the heart of its story – and often at the core of how we understand…
On what happens when otherwise mundane, familiar items are placed together – in museum displays, encyclopaedias, and other strange situations – and what…
On the things that get in the way of reading, and some possible methods of clearing those obstacles.
How following the facts without a preferred destination can lead us into hell.
H G Wells not only recovered from suffering but built a better life out of it – and we can do the same.
How great fiction allows us to inhabit other lives, and how the Netflix series Midnight Mass exemplifies this.
On the impulse to condemn and close conversation, and why we need – now more than ever – to remain open to those with whom we disagree.