Mind & body.

I am interested in the idea and practice of spirituality: but it may all be nonsense, and I may be venially corporeal. This category is a bit of a catch-all for posts on subjects ranging from the intellectual (I should be so lucky), to the spiritual (likewise) via the psychological and the creative.

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Dominick Dunne: what a story

The late Dominick Dunne, novelist and chronicler of celebrity trials, was by parts Taki, Jennifer's Diary, The Sunday Times Insight team, Edith Wharton, Thackeray, and J J Hunsecker (of The Sweet Smell of Success). Read more...

Published

22 September 2009

You can’t beat failure

Betty Miller and Henry James both wrote beautifully about the merits of failure. Here are a couple of quotes from a mid-summer mini-orgy of reading. Read more...

Published

11 August 2009

ENRON – the show

Hot from ENRON, the dazzling show at Chichester Festival Theatre's Minerva Theatre, one realises that it was a romp with next to nothing useful to say. I imagine it will go down a storm when it transfers to the Royal Court. Read more...

Published

01 August 2009

Affluence really isn’t immoral

The BBC's The Big Questions has asked me on to discuss consumerism. Presumably they want me to defend it and I'm pretty happy to do that. Of course, I intend to be a little mealy-mouthed. I am very happy to defend affluence and inequality. I think people do little harm and much good as consumers, but I suppose consumerism is one degree too materialist to be wholly satisfactory.  Read more...

Published

25 July 2009

Karen Blixen’s house at Rungstedlund

This is perhaps the most beautiful interior I have ever seen. It is at once bohemian and aristocratic. Karen Blixen being who she was, it is determinedly unbourgeois. It is of course also a wonderful pilgrimage site. Read more...

Published

01 June 2009

Three special young Britons

I never met Sergeant Lee "Jonno" Johnson, Natasha Richardson or Jade Goody but I am proud of them. I suppose other countries can produce such "types", and that if I were American or French I could point to similarly moving or touching personal stories. But still: Blimey! Read more...

Published

23 March 2009

Julie Myerson’s gift to Jake

The Myerson family saga is a perfect media event. I can think of no-one who is losing. Jake, especially, stands a good chance of benefiting. Read more...

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12 March 2009

Carol Thatcher’s “Golly Wog” hell

As I write, I have what used to be called a "Golly Wog" on my desk. I like it. Golly! Carol Thatcher has of course been a complete clot, but you can't help feeling sorry for her. Read more...

Published

04 February 2009
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