He died alone — but that’s not the end of the story
This is a lovely read. It starts terribly bleakly, but draws you into the life of a man who died alone in the depths of COVID, but whose life was very different from the story that this end suggests.
I love this sort of focused, in-depth and evergreen features journalism. A lovely way of spending 10 minutes over a cup of tea.
We need to be bored
My eldest got her first phone over the summer, and is now discovering how terribly compelling they are. Any hint of boredom, and the siren song of the phone fills her brain. We’re trying to help her to resist, and it’s no easy task.
But it matters.
Boredom has been critical to the development of so many artists.
Is overthinking rational?
Hello! Raise your hand if you’re a chronic over-thinker. 🙋🏼♂️
Yup, me too. And I’m married to one, too.
Despite the idea that more thinking is, by definition, always more rational, you need to understand what we mean by rationality, and in what context. And often that over-thinking really isn’t rational at all…
Deep read, folks. Buckle up.
The seduction of wild camping
Talking of my wife, she’s a big fan of wild camping, to the point that she calls any type of campsite camping “glamping”. This piece is both amusing, and actually making me reconsider the idea of camping somewhere there isn’t an actual toilet to hand…
Outside my window now are leaves. Lots of leaves. Story Ciarán has accelerated Autumn rust into winter bleakness overnight.
But here are some much more pretty leaves…