How’re you holding up? Trouble concentrating? Me too.  There’s a Czech word for that – litost.  The author Milan Kundera caught it – “a state of torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.” Ok, ok, so misery is maybe a bit strong (but not for many who really are in actual crisis) […]

Yesterday, upon the stair,I met a man who wasn’t thereHe wasn’t there again todayI wish, I wish he’d go away… Antigonish [I met a man who wasn’t there] – Hughes Mearns Yesterday I didn’t write a post. I couldn’t find anywhere to even begin. Everything seemed to be ‘there’ but ‘not there’. Stories about things […]

In ‘hold the front page’ news, the pundits on BBC Radio 4 offered that the race to choose this country’s next leader might well be decided by an electorate whose primary source of news – and so opinion – is still newspapers. That Fleet Street’s finest should be holding such sway will come as news […]