I’ve been doing a whole lot more reading this weekend.
There’s a lot to
Reading is – this won’t come as a surprise to anyone – a gratifyingly mindful process. Thinking is slowed down to a
It hasn’t all been a pleasurable pursuit.
In amongst the comparative definitions of aspiration and ambition, a potted history of journalism, and a remarkable account of a lifelong journalistic inquiry into the life of Lyndon Johnson, Tom Yarwood’s long read on the Guardian has been in comparison quite harrowing.
It reminds me of a conversation with an old pal from school I had in Edinburgh after watching a play about male rape, staged in a chain hotel that triggered memories about similar experiences I’d struggled with as a teenager.
It was a tough time. I went to the GP. I went to see a psychiatrist and everything. It all got quite dark at one point.
It’s a tough read, but a thought-provoking one. The ethical expectations on the industry are as a result very high. Appropriately so.