The Mind Hacks book is excellent bathtime reading: semi-discrete chunks of state of the art on mind matters. It’s not half as interactive or hackish as the promotion material would have it, but it’s got the same spirit of deep-breathed, steady-gazed analysis that informs co-author Matt Webb’s Interconnected. I shouldn’t have been surprised when the site reported on an interview with Andrew Solomon. Solomon suffers from, and has written on, depression. I walked the long way home just so that I could listen to the rest of the interview uninterrupted. Today is your last chance to listen to the interview, courtesy of the Beeb and, I am assured, free.
From unexpected pleasures to wholly anticipated ones. The Idea of North is everything it was ever going to be, and rather beautiful to boot. Everything from Ravilious and Auden through Nabokov to Knut Erik Jensen and the poet Morley.
Finally, the bad. That deadpan observer of the boggle-eyed, Jon Ronson, has had an eye-gouging