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The Convention on Modern Liberty

A too great disproportion among the citizens weakens any state. Every person, if possible, ought to enjoy the fruits of his labour, in a full possession of all the necessaries, and many of the conveniences of life. No one can doubt, but such an equality is most suitable to human nature, and diminishes much less from the happiness of the rich than it adds to that of the poor.

David Hume
Of Commerce, 1752

Poetry and film

My two favourite media. My two favourite films are Jacques Tati’s Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot and Aki Kaurismäki’s La vie de bohème.

Poetry is no more a vocation than good health is.
Boris Pasternak Dr Zhivago

I started writing poetry when I was 11 and haven’t stopped yet. Marilyn Hacker and Zbigniew Herbert were early influences; Geoffrey Hill and August Kleinzahler more recent ones.

I particularly admire Christopher Logue’s retelling of The Iliad. Recently I came across collections by New Yorker Kate Light, hard to find but worth looking out for.

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