A Tiny Lemon Drop of Envy

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

The desires of diarists, to paraphrase Lytton Strachey, are wonderfully various. They can be motivated by Schadenfreude, reportage, self-defence or simple record-keeping. Most diaries are destined never to be read. Others are more grandiose. Alfred Kazin, whose brilliant journals were published in 2011, said of Edmund Wilson that whenever he sat down to write his […]

Trust Me, I’m a Philosopher

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

These days it is considered unusual to be both a doctor and a writer. This might have surprised Avicenna, Galen, Maimonides, Copernicus, Paracelsus, Rabelais, Sir Thomas Browne, Henry Vaughan, John Keats, Friedrich von Schiller, Georg Büchner, Mikhail Bulgakov, Anton Chekhov, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, W Somerset

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