~ Posted by George Pendle, March 4th 2015
One of the least mourned casualties of the smartphone revolution has been boredom. Whether we are queuing up for coffee, waiting at a doctor’s surgery, or even stopped at a red light, our smartphones can now fill any dead moment with instant distraction. But are we losing something vital by not allowing ourselves to wallow in what Tolstoy termed “the desire for desires”?
This is the question behind a campaign called "Bored and Brilliant", launched recently by the New York radio station WNYC. It encourages people not only to rethink their relationship with their digital devices, but also tries to overturn the negative preconceptions surrounding boredom itself. The campaign used as its theoretical basis a groundbreaking experiment in boredom studies first carried out by the British psychologists Sandi Mann and Rebekah Cadman in 2014. In this experiment, subjects who were asked to perform boring tasks like reading the phone book subsequently showed more imagination in performing creative ones. Boredom, in other words, was beneficial. So "Bored and Brilliant" sought to squeeze boredom back into our lives by squeezing our smartphones out.read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Isabel Lloyd, December 12th 2014
In 2012 a young British chef called Oliver Dabbous opened his first, eponymous restaurant on an unremarkable corner in the West End of London. Within months it was the hottest ticket in town, with a waiting list as long as the restaurant was small. The dish at the eye of the Dabbous storm was his version of coddled egg, which he cooked with cream, smoked butter and mushrooms, and served in a nest of hay. I was lucky enough to try it, and it was an entirely memorable experience: “like,” I said in this piece for Intelligent Life, “being punched by fungi while sitting next to a smoky fire.”read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
~ Posted by Tim de Lisle, June 25th 2014
Our pick of six new songs that you should have on your iPod. Hear them on our player below, or find the playlist on Spotify by searching for IntLifeMag. All songs available at iTunes.
Metronomy: The Upsetter
Sparkling electro-pop, with a lyric that's a love letter to 1992.
Beck: Heart Is a Drum
The album "Morning Phase" is a bit one-paced, but this mellow piano chugger is a gem.
Hurray for the Riff Raff: Good Time Blues
Meet Alynda Lee Segarra, the Latina Emmylou Harris.
Simone Felice: Running Through My Head
As ballads go, this is an epic.
Robert Ellis: Chemical Plant
Country music without the rhinestones.
Todd Terje feat. Bryan Ferry: Johnny and Maryread more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
Robert Palmer with a sinuous twist.
~ Posted by Samantha Weinberg, January 14th 2014
In the first week of January, a large crate of Seville oranges appeared in our local farm shop, and bijou boxes of these oranges appeared in the local supermarkets, at several times the price. These oranges are not to be confused with regular eating ones, as our children discovered: the Seville variety has an out-sized peel, rather like a sharpei dog, and tastes like metal. In what I regard as typical male shopping practice, my husband went and bought 10kg of oranges. There were going to be no half-measures. Last time he did this was seven years ago: "I’ve got to make enough to last seven years."read more » COMMENTS: Comments | ADD NEW COMMENT
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