Ok, enough with being positive and life-affirming: it’s back to ranting. A short post today, but this is something I’ve wanted to get off my chest a while. In association with I-don’t-remember-what (it’s extraordinary the tangents that structure my academic/social/procrastinatory lives), I was recently introduced to the website ‘unilad’. I’m not going to link to […]

Leonardo da Vinci

Renaissance (II)

As explained in more detail below, this is the second of some rather whimsical posts loosely related to a bit of reading wot I did about the life and times of Leonardo. (I do like a good biography…am I turning into my grandfather? Ack.) Sticking with English for the moment – or, at least, Englishified […]

Donatello David

Renaissance (I)

Thanks to the wonders of O2 Broadband, we’ve only recently got regular internet in our flat. (#firstworldproblems — see the excellent Chris Addison for ‘half an hour between miracle…and BASIC HUMAN RIGHT’) On a recent visit to The Far North (yes, sub-Watford-Gappers, the country does extend above Leeds), I spent some time reading Charles Nicholl’s 2004 biography of fifteenth-century […]

‘Little Boxes’

(H/T to THE for bringing these lyrics to my attention. Yes, it must be time for my annual Times Higher Education plug: it’s brilliant! Buy it!!! Ahem.) In 1962, Malvina Reynolds wrote a protest song called ‘Little Boxes’. At first glance, it seems like quite a simple — even childlike — set of lyrics; on closer […]