A question that has been rattling around my consciousness for a few months now is related to the idea of success, and what is required in order to be successful in business. To phrase it succinctly, it is, “Do you have to be an asshole to succeed in business?” Certainly, the evidence would appear to […]
The Russians understand the power of art. And, as we all know, power corrupts. The corruption of art is what led to the state-sanctioned control of all forms of art during the Soviet era. It led to the development of the underground art community, exemplified by the likes of Solzhenitsyn and Platonov. It is what raises […]
I write alot. It is what I do, possibly more than any other waking activity apart from breathing. My tool of choice is rarely a pen and paper. While I have a romantic notion of the appeal of a hard nib scratching across the rough texture of real paper, turning ephemeral ideas into a flow […]
The past six months have been interesting. Challenging. Difficult. Not fun, although there have been fun elements. Not exactly happy, although there have been happy moments. I have been starting over. And starting over is hard.
There was an extremely interesting article in this weekend’s Globe & Mail that highlights some important issues about how we evolve as a society. Ostensibly profiling the meteoric rise to awareness of the Stop Kony video, produced by Invisible Children, it raises some fundamental questions about how issues are addressed, explored and resolved in a society in which social media […]
I had the pleasure of seeing Alain de Botton speak yesterday at the Art Gallery of Ontario, discussing his new book Religion for Atheists. It was an interesting lecture (he would prefer sermon), based on the thesis that the traditions and structures of religion, while incredibly useful (if pointed in their purpose) are not replicated in the secular […]