What I’m reading… ‘I Did It For Science!’ by Joy St James

My friend Joy St James. Postmodern Moll Flanders, adventuress, sinner, explorer, yogani. Recovering prude, former nerd, brainy bimbo…

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What I’m reading… ‘Vittorio Storaro: Writing with Light: Volume 1’

I revisit this book often.

Vittorio Storaro, one of the greatest cinematographers in the world, has worked with Bernardo Bertolucci on films from The Spider’s Stratagem to The Sheltering Sky and, in what is perhaps the high point of his career, was responsible for the extraordinary appearance of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. The restoration of […]

2018-01-12T14:36:46+11:00August 10th, 2015|Recent posts, What I'm reading|0 Comments

What I’m reading… ‘The Romantic Manifesto’ by Ayn Rand

Listening to, actually. Having read the book years ago…

In this beautifully written and brilliantly reasoned collection of essays, Ayn Rand throws new light on the nature of art and its purpose in human life. Once again, Rand demonstrates her bold originality and her refusal to let conventional ideas define her sense of the truth.

Rand eloquently […]

2018-01-12T14:36:47+11:00August 6th, 2015|Recent posts, What I'm reading|0 Comments

What I’m reading… ‘Net Smart – How to Thrive Online’

Like it or not, knowing how to make use of online tools without being overloaded with too much information is an essential ingredient to personal success in the twenty-first century. But how can we use digital media so that they make us empowered participants rather than passive receivers, grounded, well-rounded people rather than multitasking basket […]

What I’m reading… ‘The Architecture of Happiness’ – Alain de Botton

Untitled-2wThe Achitecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations.

One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the […]

What I’m reading…’Picasso & Lump: A Dachshund’s Odyssey’

David Douglas Duncan was an acclaimed combat photographer for Life magazine for much of his life. He spent the late fifties working on several books about Picasso, including the bestselling Picasso and Jacqueline and Goodbye Picasso, and spent several months living with the artist at his villa on the Riviera.


What I’m reading…’The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom’

Don Miguel Ángel Ruiz (born 1952), better known as Don Miguel Ruiz, is a Mexican author of Toltec spiritualist and neoshamanistic texts. His teachings are similar to New Age philosophies which focuses on the Ancient Toltec teachings to achieve happiness. Ruiz is listed as one of The Watkins 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in […]

2018-01-12T14:37:11+11:00April 3rd, 2015|Recent posts, What I'm reading|1 Comment

What I’m Reading… ‘Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking’

“This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially—statistically speaking—there aren’t any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making […]

2018-01-12T14:37:11+11:00March 24th, 2015|What I'm reading|0 Comments

What I’m reading… ‘How To Be A Knowledge Ninja’

In today’s world of smartphones, Twitter and always-on internet, it’s becoming harder and harder to sit down and actually concentrate.

So how do you cut through the distractions and get back to productive working?

According to productivity expert and author Graham Allcott, founder of consultancy Think Productive, it’s simple: think like a ninja.


2018-01-12T14:37:11+11:00March 21st, 2015|Recent posts, What I'm reading|0 Comments

What I’m reading… ‘Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex’

From the Back Cover

When it comes to sex, what do women want? In this eye-opening and courageous collection, Erica Jong reveals that every woman has her own answer.

Susan Cheever talks about the “excruciating hazards of casual sex,” while Gail Collins recounts her Catholic upbringing in Cincinnati and the nuns who passionately forbade her from having […]

2018-01-12T14:37:27+11:00February 23rd, 2015|Recent posts, What I'm reading|0 Comments