20twentythree

2023. What the hell am I doing here? It took until now, 30 years after the WorldWideWeb made using the internet easy, for more than half of the global population to get connected to the internet. There were a measly 1 billion people online then (about 16% of the global population). Now there are 4.5…… Continue reading 20twentythree

The best books I read in 2021 – Part 2: Non-fiction

“Surprise” and “convention” engender one another, like a bracelet or a ring, with no beginning or end. Who can exhaust their variations?The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, translated by Michael Nylan Every year I write about the books I read in the last 12 months. This year I’m posting my top three favourite reads…… Continue reading The best books I read in 2021 – Part 2: Non-fiction

Being clever: “How’s that working out for you?”

How’s that going? Being smart? Two of the books I’ve been reading this week – Thinking In Systems and Wolf Hall – connected in a surprising way. Let’s start with the thoughts of a furious Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall, confronted by the tactical success one of his enemies: Christ, he thinks, by my age I ought…… Continue reading Being clever: “How’s that working out for you?”

Fooled by stories: Antonym No. 6

The below article is cross–posted from Antonym, my weekly newsletter. A cold, gold sunset reflected in the windows of the closed–for–COVID The Concorde2 nightclub on Brighton seafront. “Do you enjoy cautionary tales? Shilly–shallying children eaten by wolves, that stuff?”“Alice, I am gone on them,” Blossom breathes.— The Paragon Hotel, by Lyndsay Faye Dear Reader Word of…… Continue reading Fooled by stories: Antonym No. 6