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:
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.
Will and Melanie Challenger, the author of How to Be Animal: A New History of What it Means to Be Human, consider the notion that at the heart of the human condition there’s a complex struggle with being animal in this Bridges to the Future episode by the RSA.
Listen to all five of Will’s episodes on bottled water – from its origins to its environmental impact – for Radio 4 here.
Will’s latest A Point of View for Radio 4 can be heard here.
Will has written an original essay for ‘The Exchange’ – a collaboration between Crossed Lines and the Science Museum – exploring the impact of the iconic K6 telephone box and the 706L Modern Phone on both public and private communication and examines how these technologies continue to shape our understanding of the world.
Will’s recent talk for the Institute of Art and Ideas’ annual philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn.
For his latest A Point of View on BBC Radio 4, Will Self discusses how the pandemic has affected our views of inheritance. Listen here.
Will is going to be on the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning at 8.50am discussing JG Ballard and the coronavirus lockdown. You can listen to the segment here at the 2hr 53min mark.
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