Deep Reading as Secular Spirituality

Deep Reading as Secular Spirituality

“Intellectual stimulation is an emotional experience for me,” remarked the mathematician and polymath Eugenia Cheng. Her words have stayed with me. Around 7 this morning I was sipping my favorite brew of coffee in the living room, listening to the ambient...
Why is Karl Ove Knausgaard Afraid of Therapy?

Why is Karl Ove Knausgaard Afraid of Therapy?

How were these writers able to endow their characters with such sentimentality while totally cutting themselves off from the emotional lives of their loved ones in real life? Or is it the inverse? Perhaps the well-adjusted person, who shares his vulnerabilities honestly in the social world, lacks the burning impulse to produce great writing.

Bicycle Diaries Part 1: Esprit de Corps

Bicycle Diaries Part 1: Esprit de Corps

A group of cyclists riding together is called a peloton, from the French word for platoon. And that’s how it feels, like a platoon of soldiers or a pack of wolves spreading out in search of something. Our bikes are within inches of each other, sometimes mere centimeters, as we travel 25mph down a country backroad.