18 Jan 2019, Posted by Nick in Menswork, Psychology, Spirituality, The writing life, 0 Comments Tagged , , ,

Mary Oliver’s Gift to Men


In memoriam – Mary Oliver – 1935-2019 You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. I can still remember the wave of joy and relief I felt when I first read these lines by US poet Mary Oliver – the sense that it might be possible to call a truce in the inner war that so many of us have accepted as ordinary life. Judging by the outpouring of Read more [...]
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07 Dec 2014, Posted by Nick in Book Reviews, Features, Interviews, Journalism, Spirituality, The writing life, 1 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Michel Faber interview


A STORY OF FAITH AND SEPARATION

The novelist Michel Faber talks about his new book, his Evangelical background, atheism, and the loss of his wife.

ARRIVING to interview Michel Faber, I feel awestruck and slightly puzzled.

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23 Jan 2013, Posted by Nick in Adrift in Caledonia, Books, Eight Men and a Duck, Features, The writing life, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments

Backstage at TEDx Bucharest


Watch Nick's talk on YouTube  Romania's Palace of the Parliament is designed to intimidate. Twelve stories tall, with 1,100 rooms decked in a million cubic meters of Transylvanian marble, it was originally built by the Ceaușescu regime at a cost of 3 billion euros. I first took a tour of its vast, echoing halls about ten years ago when I was in Bucharest on a story for the Guardian, and could only imagine how this opulent white elephant (the chandeliers and lights alone required 3500 Read more [...]
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23 Jan 2013, Posted by Nick in Adrift in Caledonia, Books, Eight Men and a Duck, Journalism, Parenting, Psychology, Spirituality, The writing life, Urban Worrier, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

TEDx Talk: On Meaningful Risk


TEDx conference, Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania  November 2012 "My name is Nick Thorpe, I'm a writer and journalist, and I have a fascination with risk-taking. Despite my innate anxiety - or perhaps because of it - I seem compelled to stretch myself, force myself into the present moment. But what's changed over the years is the kind of risks I take. In the past it was physical, an adrenalin buzz from a reed boat adventure or a leap off a cliff. But I like to think I am learning Read more [...]
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20 Dec 2012, Posted by Nick in General, Psychology, The writing life, 0 Comments Tagged , , , , , , , ,

Critic Meets Child


Written as encouragement for those taking part in the Safe Space charity Write-athon  * * *  “A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Thomas Mann I laughed with relief when I first heard this wise quotation from the great German novelist. I can never quite relate to those who talk cheerily about the way their work “just flows out”, because the truth is that my first draft often emerges with all the lightness and fluidity of a house brick. Read more [...]
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