Cultural Shopper

Bookshops and music stores, especially the independent ones, added real and eccentric charm to a place.

Magical Thinking

There is something acutely self-justifying in the rhetoric that supports major exhibitions, a kind of magical thinking that claims causality between the artwork and the reaction of the viewer which, if you’re not on-side with what the work is trying to do, seems more like evidence of abject failure than of unqualified success.

Gems of Simplicity

“Andrew Frost is writing on art for the Guardian? Stand by for a gushing article about Tom Polo.”

Try and Fail

Failing to swim the English Channel is something that everyone can do. Or fail to do, if you know what I mean. No special skills are required not to be able to do something.