Will’s latest column for The New European.
Pick up a copy of the brand new INQUE magazine to read Will’s new short story. Other contributors include Margaret Atwood, Max Porter, Joyce Carol Oates, Ocean Vuong, Tom Waits, Ben Lerner, Alexander Chee, Kae Tempest and Hanif Kureishi.
“Click-clack goes the kitchen bin flap and it’s as if some definitive barrier has fallen into place in our minds and we forget — we forget about our rubbish. You may be like me, and have a dedicated recycling bin in your kitchen as well, in which case where you deposit your detritus delivers you either a little positive stroke — see how virtuous I am, carefully discarding this cardboard packaging — or a tiny demerit: perhaps I should have exhaustively washed out that yoghurt pot, so as to avoid it going up in smoke?
Confirmation bias and its role in culture and society.
In this week’s Multicultural Man column, Will writes about his second speed-awareness course, this time a virtual experience.
A long essay in Harper’s Magazine argues that the symptoms we now call PTSD are only an extreme version of a distinctively modern consciousness.
NEW: Listen to Harper’s Magazine web editor Violet Lucca talking to Will about his essay:
On the politics behind the nation’s beloved baking show.
Will’s blistering attack on cars and their drivers, who are “told they have the ability to go anywhere when the truth is they’re shackled to a grotesque and Sisyphean go-round: they have to make the money, to pay for the car, to sit in the traffic jam, to make the money to pay for the car” for A Point of View on Radio 4.
This week’s Multicultural Man column considers the James Bond actor’s comments on his fondness of gay bars.