The world is ordinary

The world is ordinary

A lot of people confuse “the news” with “how the world is”. That’s not what the news is about. The news is the unusual, the extreme, the extraordinary, the exception. The news draws attention to the world acting out of character....

Age theory

I recently overheard a student of mine complain to friends that she was going to be old soon and it worried her. Her 20th birthday was coming up. This seems absurd, but the fetishisation of youth as a virtue is pretty well entrenched in our culture. People worry about...