The Positivity of Pain

Interesting piece in the LRB about the dilution of struggles for equality into struggles against ‘class prejudice’. Equally worrying article on the cost of the ‘publish-or-perish’ culture in academia. To lighten the mood, news that Alain de Botton is to be writer-in-residence at Heathrow airport. Look out for him on one of those Easyjet docu-soaps, soothing the tempers of delayed passengers with a Schopenhaurian homily.