The Four-Dimensional Human

“When W. H. Auden said, ‘My face looks like a wedding cake left out in the rain,’ we see something new and true about both Auden’s face and wedding cakes. That sort of good metaphoric language makes our experiences more spacious, expanding our sensibility. In this way, a metaphor is a door that appears andContinue reading “The Four-Dimensional Human”

Davos Man

As the wealth gap and economic inequality widen across the globe, populations are leaning towards far-right governments with nationalist agendas while doubling down on outdated beliefs about immigration, race, class and so on. This book takes an expansive view of these trends and places the blame squarely on the heads of the super-rich class comprisingContinue reading “Davos Man”

My Age of Anxiety

“Fear sharpens the senses. Anxiety paralyses them” – Kurt Goldstein.  Is anxiety a medical illness or a cognitive mis-wiring, a philosophical or a spiritual problem or a cultural condition explored by poets?  Scott Stossel explores how anxiety is a function of all of these. It can be measured physiologically, it can be measured as aContinue reading “My Age of Anxiety”

Into Thin Air

In 1996, Jon Krakauer, a mountaineer and journalist, was commissioned by Outside magazine to join and write about  a commercial expedition to climb Mount Everest. The journey ended in disaster. Krakauer weaves a history of Mount Everest and different expeditions, famous climbers of the past and his present as well as the culture of climbingContinue reading “Into Thin Air”

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

When one takes up a hobby, it is hard to not want to be the absolute best in a short amount of time. The frustration at realising that we cannot get there fast, or possibly ever, is sometimes enough to abandon the cause altogether. Yet, what is it about a person that makes them keepContinue reading “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running”

The Devil’s Highway

“In the desert, we are all illegal aliens” This is the story of a group of twenty six men who set out to cross the Mexican-US border in May 2001. Twelve reached the other side.  They people left their families and their villages, took loans and paid large sums to smugglers (called coyotes), to getContinue reading “The Devil’s Highway”

We Had A Little Real Estate Problem

A stand-up comedy special from ten or fifteen years ago featuring an all-indigenous lineup used to have reruns on Canadian television. The author opens with this, relating that at least three different Native comedians told him that it inspired them to take up stand-up comedy. As he notes, this is what a balanced media representationContinue reading “We Had A Little Real Estate Problem”

The Order of Time

In this small book filled with giant ideas, Carlo Rovelli gently teases apart everything we take for granted about the concept of time. That it travels in a linear direction from the past to the future, that it exists independent of us, that we are subjected to it and at its mercy. One would notContinue reading “The Order of Time”

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

“Humans were always far better at inventing tools than using them wisely.” This is essentially the theme of this collection of essays. Not just technological tools but also our social and political systems, our fictions that hold up society and so on. Harari’s strength lies in interlacing ideas from multiple disciplines as though connecting diverseContinue reading “21 Lessons for the 21st Century”

Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui

This is a simple but revelatory guide to freeing yourself from patterns, habits and the past by assessing your relationship with everything you own.  It outlines how clutter affects you – from keeping you in the past to making you feel tired and overwhelmed to even manifesting as extra body weight and it explores theContinue reading “Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui”