Windham Campbell Prizes: The Art of the Essay

Windham Campbell Prizes have kindly made available a recent 'Art of the Essay' panel discussion, recorded at their 2015 Festival, featuring three leading contemporary essayists (and two of my favourites). The discussion between Anne Fadiman, John … [Read more...]

Robservations addendum: Tesson adds strength to the notion of ‘overreading’

In a kind of addendum to my “Robservations” essay in which I suggest with the help of nineteenth-century German philosopher Schopenhauer and French philosopher and spiritual writer, Antonin-Gilbert Sertillanges that reading too many books is bad for … [Read more...]

Robservations: Of Schopenhauer, on overreading and ignoring the classics

It’s not often that I get deep and meaningful on a Sunday morning, but I did today when I stumbled across an essay collection from nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), hosted at the always useful University of … [Read more...]

Robservations: Of smartphone addiction…

Very strongly do I feel, that the smartphone is the most invasive and controlling invention that humans have ever created. We have become mindless slaves to the technology, and it's a sad sight to behold. Don't get me wrong. I find my smartphone … [Read more...]

Robservations: Of checkout blindness…

Conscious of the fact that I want and need to improve my own personal essay writing skills, I'm launching my own weekly essay series, entitled Robservations. In these essays I will endeavour to mainly cover the subject of reading and writing, but in … [Read more...]