Life on the road with a rock band: memories blur, cities blend. Only in the frenzy of performance does the world pause
The great escape
Digital technology allows us to lose ourselves in ever more immersive fantasy worlds. But what are we fleeing from?
The death of my father
When someone close to you dies, the very fabric of your life is ripped to shreds. Is philosophy any consolation?
The manly loaf
There's nothing so atavistic and satisfying in the morning as sinking your hands into a sticky, bubbling live sourdough
How wonder works
One emotion inspired our greatest achievements in science, art and religion. We can manipulate it – but why do we have it?
The wisdom of gardens
Gardens expand our thinking. At times of crisis they console, school us in emotional generosity, and show us that life goes on
Ladder to heaven
I have turned away from the church but, up on Mount Athos, I turned on to the mysteries of Orthodox meditation
I had a phobia of anyone hearing me play the piano. With practice, could my memory help me overcome it?
The art of attention
The peculiar vividness of the world becomes clear when we slow down and attend, learning to see all things anew
Eduard Bersudsky chose to be mute in Soviet days. Ever since, his moving musical sculptures have done the talking