Blog Archives

Adam Curtis

He’s been called Britain’s greatest documentary filmmaker, and after having watched his four-part series “The Century Of the Self,” I’m sold. This brief description can’t possibly do justice to the riveting, stop-and-make-you-think, fact-heavy, visual collages that he’s concocted since 1983, so I suggest you take a look at his extensive filmography, and take your pick. All are available to watch for free online.

The Idler

British loafer Tom Hodgkinson¬†provides a much-needed antidote to our work-obsessed, shopaholic, unhappy culture with his idler manifestos (“How To Be Free” is my favorite). Both light-hearted and profound.

Oliver Burkeman

Guardian writer tackles the self-help industry, happiness, and social psychology with a healthy dose of British cynicism.