The Genius of Humans of New York: or, Why Everyone’s Story Matters

Anyone familiar with Facebook is also likely familiar with the popular photoblog, Humans of New York. It is a relatively simple idea- the creators take a picture of somebody on the streets of New York City, and ask them questions- which results in the excerpt that accompanies their photograph, which can be anything from a … Continue reading The Genius of Humans of New York: or, Why Everyone’s Story Matters

“Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

"Only amnesiacs have no regrets" is perhaps one of the most profound statements in Jean-Michel Guenassia's The Incorrigible Optimists Club. It holds particular relevance with the novel itself, as the club is made up of members who fled from behind the iron curtain, leaving jobs, wives and children behind them for the sake of their lives and … Continue reading “Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

“I Wander’d Lonely as a Cloud”- Windermere Wanderings and Christmas Cheer

This weekend I visited Lake Windermere- home to the Beatrix Potter museum, The Hole in T' Wall (frequented by Charles Dickens) and one of the prettiest log benches I've seen yet We came across this bench after taking a random detour when we found we couldn't walk directly around the edge of the lake- thanks … Continue reading “I Wander’d Lonely as a Cloud”- Windermere Wanderings and Christmas Cheer

“Never Judge a Book by its Cover”- The Rise of the Mystery Book

All too often in a bookshop, I find it impossible to pick a book. There's so many to choose from that if you haven't gone in to the shop with a particular book in mind, it's almost impossible to make only one choice. Inevitably, you will choose based on a combination of the cover, and/or … Continue reading “Never Judge a Book by its Cover”- The Rise of the Mystery Book