cultivating sorrow in a locked chest

Reading some old, old letters written by my father to his brother, I came across this critique of the ‘dead sterility of Beckett’: ‘audiences feel at once flattered and reassured by him…the modish despair helps. There is something comforting…how much harder to accept and live up to Blake’s optimism, which is a judgement on allContinue reading “cultivating sorrow in a locked chest”

social media in crisis?

5 July 2020 ‘The people of Shavi knew that their words were like rags – wherever you leave them, there they will stay’ (Buchi Emecheta The Rape of Shavi). Reading this short novel recently, I was struck by this repeated notion. Social media has been brilliant and terrible. Twenty plus years into this experiment intoContinue reading “social media in crisis?”

thinking about well-being

7 June 2020 I spent the whole day in my head says Mac Miller on ‘Good news’ (Circles, released 2020).  Since mid-March, probably many people have felt a bit like they are living in their heads. I know I have.  The casual and spontaneous interactions suddenly stopped.  Everything became strange, planned and yet unplanned. And accessed through aContinue reading “thinking about well-being”

communities in crisis

1 June 2020 There is a lot of talk about community at the moment. In my proper job community is the work and I think about it a lot. The how will we be ‘after lockdown’ conversations we have had, have talked about access to culture – who is involved in the making and presenting of work; which culturalContinue reading “communities in crisis”