Is it alright to brand yourself a failure in some things if you’re prepared to be a winner at others? … More When is calling yourself a failure a good thing?
The seventeenth-century poet Andrew Marvell received a mention in a recent Cosmopolitan article about Tinder. Would he really have approved of it, as its author claims? … More Would Marvell approve of Tinder? A response to Cosmopolitan
Green is the colour of innocence and experience, of sickness and of health. A glimpse at what it means to be ‘green’ in Andrew Marvell and William Shakespeare. … More Marvell, Shakespeare, and Green Sicknesses
At the age of 18, I failed a mock A-Level exam on the seventeenth-century poet, Andrew Marvell. Eleven years later, I submitted a doctoral thesis on him. This is a brief overview of the journey from failure to redemption. … More From U to P: the unlikely route to a doctorate
How often should we reinvent ourselves? Writing Privacy turned the ripe old age of seven this week, and it’s decision time about whether this becomes the second journal to bite the dust. … More ‘Who would write?’ The seven-year itch
In the absence of just about anything else, 2015 is best described as a career year. But being labelled ‘green’ in October threatened to undermine all that had gone before. … More Fifty Shades of Green: An Epilogue, 2015
The Telegraph recently published an article entitled “Liberating, not lonely: the truth about being single”. The problem with this message is that it marginalises the importance of choice. A brief examination of an alternative ‘truth’. … More Liberating, not lonely? Another truth about being single.
A case study into the world of digital privacy in Pakistan has an unfortunate crossover with a personal incident that has made me consider the consequences of this kind of thing much more closely. … More WhatsApp, Facebook, and the Compromise of Digital Privacy
I recently came across the story of Vivian Maier, a nanny whose photography during the 1950s and 60s lay buried in boxes for decades. Her prints uncover the life and work of a remarkable woman who was a shrewd and silent observer of her age. … More Opening the Box of Private Art: Marvell & Maier
I’ve never been a ‘lad’ in the sense of predatory and loutish behaviour, but the annual scrutiny of ‘lad culture’ has made me concerned about my sense of humour and how potentially offensive it is. … More No offence! Please forgive my humour.