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Adam Phillips in the Paris Review via Austin Kleon (emphasis his).

“[I]f you live in a culture which is fascinated by the myth of the artist, and the idea that the vocational artistic life is one of the best lives available, then 

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Morning Intention: Healing and Numbing

“Everybody is dealing with how much of their own aliveness they can bear and how much they need to anesthetize themselves.” (Adam Phillips)

** Morning Intention: To understand the difference between healing and numbing. 338 more words

Creators and Inventors

“Only solitude, difficult, humiliating, even corrosive as it is, can safeguard art and thought from corruption. The media, the lust to communicate by socially sanctioned and rewarded means, the manipulation of discourse towards approval and success, are an irreparable waste of spirit.” 174 more words

George Steiner

Tom Robinson Band - The Crescent, York - Wednesday 18th October 2017

The first and last time I saw Tom Robinson play live was back in 1977, until now at least. I had a great interest in the Tom Robinson Band back in the late 70s as I spent a few years at Senior School sitting next to original TRB drummer Brian ‘Dolphin’ Taylor. 1,147 more words


Sigmund Freud

25th april 2006, 4.30-5.00pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated february 2016 on radio 4 extra)
sigmund freud (presented by matthew parris, with craig brown and adam phillips) (in the great lives series) 22 more words


This article appeared in Ceylon Today on Thursday August 3 2017




The Unkindness of Strangers

July 24 was the anniversary of my discovery that my G-Mail accounts had been hacked. 1,380 more words

Ceylon Today

In Writing

I am reading Adam Phillips’ latest book ‘In Writing’ where he is drawing links between reading/ writing and psychoanalysis and in the chapter around poetry Phillips quotes Lionel Trilling’s great essay ‘Freud and Literature’ where he writes that ‘the Freudian psychology is the one that makes poetry indigenous to the very constitution of the mind. 184 more words