We talk about freedom and independence as if we can just buy it from that shop round the corner. That is to say, it’s ordinary and familiar and routine. It’s not. It’s hard work. Remember your history classes. Remember your grandpas reminiscing about it. As you remember, imagine living in a world where you were […]

Portable Magic

Sometimes I wonder how my life would have been if I had never read books. I can’t imagine never knowing about Mr Darcy and those gentlemanly ways, never knowing Scarlett’s tomorrow-is-another-day philosophy, the Importance of Being Earnest and never knowing about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I would have been so poor- even if all […]