Splendid Isolation

Meditations on a surreal cherry-blossom season in Japan.

Source: Financial Times
Published: May 23, 2020
Length: 8 minutes (2,000 words)

Inside the Dyson Dynasty

A profile of the family behind the British technology company that designs and manufactures vacuum cleaners, fans and more.

Source: Financial Times
Published: Apr 10, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3,755 words)

Lunch with David Mamet

As we eat our salads – I have ordered beetroot salad with goats’ cheese, chives and shallots – I take the opportunity of having this master craftsman in front of me to ask about writing. He commences by defining where others go wrong. “Anyone can write five people trapped in a snowstorm. The question is how you get them into the snowstorm. It’s hard to write a good play because it’s hard to structure a plot. If you can think of it off the top of your head, so can the audience. To think of a plot that is, as Aristotle says, surprising and yet inevitable, is a lot, lot, lot of work.”

Source: Financial Times
Published: Jun 10, 2011
Length: 10 minutes (2,684 words)