Have you heard that thing about Salvador Dali and the spoon? I have come across this story in so many places that I can’t remember where I heard it first. It’s used to illustrate the benefit of taking short naps, especially to aid creativity, and offers a way to do it. The story goes that… Continue reading Salvador Dali’s Spoon
We had the most enjoyable Saturday. An old friend from university, after a few significant changes in his life, now lives fairly near to us here in West London. Previously he was a two-hour drive away. We hadn’t spoken for over ten years, hadn’t met up for nearly 20 years (my birthday party, in 1996).… Continue reading Snapshots
There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you. I alluded to it back in December, in this piece, and have been planning to come back to it. Does this happen to you much, with conversations? Do you start tell a story and then digress, and not get back to what you were talking about? Or… Continue reading That Tim Moore Quote
I haven’t written about Conversation Recall yet this month. Some people are not so good at it. They misremember conversations, or just make things up. Some years ago I was having a conversation over dinner with some friends. We were discussing books. A member of my family was in the room, not really taking part… Continue reading Conversation Recall: Martin Rees, or Martin Amis?
Have you read “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” by Mark Haddon? There’s a strong chance that you have. It’s one of those books that you are likely to have read even if you only read occasionally. If you’re over 40 it’ll be up there with “Fever Pitch” (if you’re a… Continue reading “The Curious Incident”: the joke and the favourite book
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who know what “Astral Weeks” is, and those who don’t. For those in second category, it’s an album by Van Morrison, a legendary singer and songwriter whose career now spans over 50 years. For those who know what “Astral Weeks” is there are at least… Continue reading Conversation Recall: “Astral Weeks”
In his Oscar-winning performance as Truman Capote (in the movie “Capote”) Philip Seymour Hoffman says: “I have 94% recall of all conversation. I tested it myself.” I say, as a joke, but not always inaccurately, that I can go 1% better than that: I have 95% conversation recall. Friends comment on it. It’s not something… Continue reading Conversation Recall: Truman Capote and Oscar Moore