Sick of the so-called beautiful game and pushed into the arms of another sport: How I looked past the ceremony and silliness of NFL, and came to appreciate this astonishing game
Clear the decks, uninstall the software: Brass and woodwind instruments are making a comeback. Why? Because they tell it like it is – with no bullshit.
Illusions of a cosy, blameless past are having a profound impact on the present: From the echoed empire of Brexit and the misty-eyed war cry of Make America Great Again, through to the Stone Age ideology of radical Islam. What makes retrotopia so appealing?
Hello Kitty tattoos, adult coloring books: Grown-ups acting like kids is an annoying trend, with worrying implications for electoral politics. Continue reading
Music is a lifelong gift: And your choice of instrument has a big impact on whether your child feels inspired – or indifferent. Here are some tips to guide your decision-making. Continue reading
For a few moments, I was convinced that I had just seen my wife for the last time. I was certain that our new-born baby was not breathing. I was broken, bereaved – and mistaken. Midwives saved my wife’s life, gave my daughter the best possible start in life, and rebuilt each of us after a traumatic birth. I owe them an enormous debt.
“A genius is the one most like himself”: Thelonious Monk’s typically incisive statement is a fascinating lens through which to consider genius in jazz music. Here are three jazz moments that resonate with an astonishing unity of person and performance. Continue reading
Media figures are clamouring to scrutinise Gen Y: But do generation categories really make sense, or are they an illusion promoted to facilitate dehumanising rhetoric – and generate advertising revenue. Continue reading
Parents want their kids to read: But does it matter what they read? Continue reading
Conservative Christianity has championed credulity as a virtue in the US – creating the perfect conditions for Trump’s rise to power. Continue reading