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Even if your surname isn’t Clinton or Trump (sorry, Drumpf) you will have experienced how monumentally hard it can be to shift your perceptions of a situation, a group, an issue. 204 more words


Sharing The Void: Boundlessness In Allana Clarke's 'Notes On Belonging To Boundaries'

Our experience of bodies resides along a spectrum of envy and repulsion. René Girard observed that tragedies and comedies alike are driven by mimetic desire, a contagious wanting that drives all social relations. 1,112 more words


Ruminating on the "woulda/coulda/shoulda" life...

After an exciting spring and early summer, I seem to find myself out of sorts lately.  I’m not sure if it’s because of the crispness in the air and the falling leaves, the recent passing of my father-in-law, or the impending birthday of a child I’m lucky to see once a year (and am guaranteed not to see on their birthday).  789 more words

Adam Phillips, On Kissing, Tickling, and Being Bored

Adulthood, one could say, is when it begins to occur to you that you may not be leading a charmed life.

To tickle is, above all, to seduce, often by amusement.

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On Being Born

You’ll forgive me for taking the following paragraph wholesale from Wiki. Oh, go on…

From the plot synopsis of Beckett’s All That Fall:

Something Dan says reminds Maddy of a visit she once made to hear “a lecture by one of these new mind doctors. 398 more words


That obscure object of the author’s desire

Three and half years ago on this blog I wrote about Adam Phillips’ book ‘Missing Out’, which explains how not getting what you think you want might actually be what you want. 534 more words


Psychologists recommend children be bored in the summer: Rarely disturb the soil for the plant

Psychologists recommend children be bored in the summer

Do you entertain your kids with chess camp, art school, cooking classes, or tennis lessons during the unstructured summer months? 642 more words