A new solitude

‘Loneliness has become the most common aliment of the modern world.’

We need to stop editing our lives and share real experiences.

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‘They’re all together ooky’

‘You Rang, Mr. Addams?‘ tells the story of Charles Addams, an American cartoonist who developed the characters we now know as the Addams Family.

Robert Mankoff of the New Yorker on Addams, ‘He tapped into that vein of American gothic that has a touch of paranoia about it, seeing behind every comforting façade the uncomfortable truth about the duality of human nature.’

His characterisations were so magical and endearing that they haven’t changed through many renditions.

Wednesday: ‘She is a solemn child. Prim in dress and on the whole pretty lost. Secretive and imaginative. Poetic. Seems underprivileged and given to occasional tantrums. Has six toes on one foot.’

Morticia: ‘Low-voiced, incisive and subtle. Smiles are rare. This ruined beauty has a romantic side too and is given to low-keyed rhapsodies about her garden of deadly nightshade, henbane and dwarf hair.’

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This is what was in my bag yesterday when I took a lift to the top of the Shard.

What's in your bag?

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Carson McCullers

She speaks!

‘The sources of creation are very mysterious and I don’t think one can find them by just looking for them. I think they have to come from within you.’

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