Month: November 2014

Emerald Cities

A friend’s recent email made me think again about why I have never really believed in irreversible progress­, and certainly not in the emerald cities of political ideologues. Whether it’s scientific socialism or the end of history, left or right, all those… Read More

Stories don’t teach

In the third volume of his Essays, Michel de Montaigne writes a line that has since become famous: ‘Je n’enseigne point, je raconte’ It is almost impossible to put this into English. Donald Frame’s standard version – ‘I do not teach, I tell’  – makes… Read More

The Light Ships launch

Originally posted on Regular Marvels:
Last Saturday was windy and cold. A good part of my drive from Nottingham to Whaplode was through torrents of rain, but as I got closer, the weather grew calmer and I grew more anxious about The…