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On hope, the easy default of cynicism, and the stories we tell ourselves In the latest Brain Pickings newsletter, Maria Popova discusses hope through Rebecca Solnit’s work Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. This comes a week after Caitlin Moran talked about the tyranny of cynicism (a topic David Foster Wallace also critiqued): “The… Continue reading


I love experimenting with Google Analytics (it’s part of my job, after all!) and I’m keen to find out which pages on my site are popular (or not!). For that reason I use cookies on this site (and in real life too – triple chocolate are the best). On this site I use Google cookies to get an idea of the type of people… Continue reading