A friend called recently, and seemed to ascribe a lot of recent bad luck to having bought a particular car. Well, maybe. More likely, his actions had delivered consequences he didn’t like. But that involved pointing the finger of blame at himself, which he was unwilling to do. Any more of that, and the . . . → Read More: CAUSE AND EFFECT, AND OTHER UNLIKELY STORIES
If you were asked, would you say that a human being is like something that can be programmed, or is the experience of being human more akin to a story? You can doubtless tell by the way I’ve articulated that question that I veer towards the latter. And I’d like to think that is’s . . . → Read More: ATTEN-SHUN
I was with some people I’ve been getting to know recently. Two of us were by a drinks machine, and the woman from the group got vaguely excited and implied that I’d be wanting one. There was something simple and sweet about this: for whatever reason, she associates me with cups of coffee, and . . . → Read More: BEND LIKE THE WILLOW
The most radiantly alive person I’ve spent time with recently is a woman with terminal bone cancer. She revealed this within ten minutes of meeting, at which point she’d already dazzled me with her ebullience and sheer zest for life. She was in her skin in a way that few people are. Maybe it’s . . . → Read More: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
I couldn’t be arsed with New Year resolutions this time round. Life is going pretty good already, and I can’t see the need for any radical change. Given that the results I’m getting are presumably a consequence of how I go about what I’m doing, why mess things up? Of course, this is when . . . → Read More: RINGING IN THE CHANGES
Unlike the other people I’ve interviewed on this site to date, I’ve never met Phil Farber. Through his words and what others have said about him I feel I know Phil, at least well enough to want to find out more about what he gets up to. He’s an excellent writer, as I’ve discovered . . . → Read More: PHIL FARBER INTERVIEW, PART ONE