Many people think of adopting a vegetarian diet as an inherently difficult act of self-denial. But with interest growing in the Mediterranean diet, vegetarian no longer means bland and boring.
Early Christianity was a church of and for the oppressed in society. But when it was adopted as the religion of Rome, an immense change occurred: it became associated instead with the oppressor.
Caesar’s name has always evoked strong reactions from politically engaged members of society. To some, he represented tyranny; to others, he represented the dissolution of a morally bankrupt state.
Ten songs which provide an overview of Leonard Cohen’s oeuvre, and capture in an accessible way many of the enduring themes that characterise his work: love, loneliness and God.
The common assumption is that it is to the Athenians that we owe many of our customs, but upon closer inspection we may find that their great rivals can tell us more about ourselves than we assume.
I spent my week on Heron Island in a sort of semi-meditative state. Without even trying, I was able to adopt a level of mindfulness and self-awareness that by far eclipsed anything I had known before.
A lyrical poem.
Why are we attracted to sad songs when surely we wish to be happy? It has to do with a feeling of authenticity: for a person whose nature can respond to them, sad songs are far from depressing.
Trump presents himself as the inheritor of the Jacksonian tradition. But while he uses populist rhetoric, to what extent is Trump's agenda genuinely aligned to the principles of Jacksonian Democracy?
Many people dismiss poetry as irrelevant as they are uncomfortable with the word itself, and with the stereotypes associated with it. Fundamentally, they are not entirely sure what poetry really is.
I have always felt like something of a foreigner: there has always been a voice inside telling me that I don’t belong in this place or with these people. Travelling finally silenced this voice.
Carbonara in Italy is still prepared according to the traditional recipe, but elsewhere in the Western world it is almost always overcomplicated.
Unemployment is indeed one of the great afflictions of mankind, but creating ‘more jobs’ alone is not a suitable unemployment policy. Even most people with jobs are unemployed.
Bob Dylan is the undisputed king of songwriting, but do his powerful lyrics count as poetry? And was the Nobel Committee right to award him the Nobel Prize for Literature?