So much beauty in a desert
19/06/2017 - 10:30
virgin, vivacious, beautifully present day – will it rend for us with a beat of drunken wings (...) Stéphane Mallarmé, Le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujoud'hui (1887)   Like every morning, crumpled from the night yet still seduced by light, I scroll through the editorial emails that have arrived: press releases, newsletters, service announcements. This is something different this time. I perceive this...
The enemies of freedom
13/03/2017 - 15:00
“It may happen that an excessive taste for material possessions leads men to put themselves in the hands of the first master who presents himself. In fact, in the life of every democratic people, there comes a very dangerous step. When the taste for material well-being grows more rapidly than the habit of civilization and freedom, there comes a time when men are swept away and almost lose their heads at the sight of the goods...
To have roots in the sky
14/12/2016 - 16:15
To have roots in the sky Ash I know standing, named Yggdrasill, a lofty tree, laved with limpid water: thence comes dew that in dales fell; stands always over the green Urd’s well. Poetic Edda , Völuspá, Prophecy of the Seeress To have a centre, and roots in the sky like the tree of life. It’s the best we could wish for you, it’s the best thing you could possibly want for yourself. To have a centre – or be...
Democracy at the restaurant
02/12/2016 - 09:30
Have you ever happened to sit down to eat in a crowded and noisy restaurant? On an evening special with promise. One of those where serious talk is called for, maybe with some real emphasis. The cuisine is tasty and refined, thus stimulating exotic imaginings. From a vibrant Beaujolais Nuveau springs the eloquence of great occasions. But the conviviality is drowned in the chatter of the other diners, the background noise is...