Book Review: “Intermission” by Owen Martell

I recently finished Intermission by Owen Martell (William Heinemann, 2013).  I read the title as an ePub proof on NetGalley.  The publishers have struck gold with Martell, as long as they don’t push him to write a Dan Brown style thriller.  Think of Jon McGregor’s If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things but add a beautifulContinue reading “Book Review: “Intermission” by Owen Martell”

Listening to Music on a Walkman Cassette Player

I write this on the second day of Spring 2013.  It is sunny, but cold.  Last year, I purchased a Walkman, because for a long time, I hadn’t listened to music on cassette.  It was a model bought from eBay and is a WM-36 with Dolby NR.  It wasn’t too expensive, but then the 3.5mmContinue reading “Listening to Music on a Walkman Cassette Player”

Hedonic Treadmill

An interesting paragraph that opens up a range of reading.  Barry Schwartz’s The Paradox of Choice (HarperCollins, 2004) is a good place to start. That less pleasant form of commuting has attracted attention in the growing field of happiness studies. People have all sorts of fantasies about what might make them happier, most of themContinue reading “Hedonic Treadmill”