Where an Idea Came From

Where an Idea Came From

When I first started to read the books of Idries Shah, about thirty years ago, I hoped they would help me figure out how to live a better life. His work was much admired by my favourite author, Doris Lessing, and I was curious to see why. I reasoned (reasonably, I...

Being Different

ON ORIGINALITY When I was seven years old, my father sat me down on the lawn on a long hot summer afternoon, and he told me a secret: ‘You’re wiser than almost anyone I’ve ever met,’ he said. I smiled. Then grinned. ‘Really?’ Peering into the middle distance, my...