life under lockdown

The Lockdown Diaries 3: Double Or Nothing

I’m sitting in my dressing gown overlooking London, thinking about where the city goes from here. In his memoir of growing up in middle-class Viennese society, Stefan Zweig writes that Jewish families such as his were misunderstood. The desire for financial security lasted just two of three generations, and once it was achieved a new […]

Don’t Let Your Brain Die In Lockdown

On one level at least, lockdown has not been as awful as I’d imagined. Suddenly there’s time to focus and consider what’s important, and as Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis pointed out, it had nothing to do with courage or fortitude but decency and respect. The importance of things has reshuffled itself into a new order. […]