Author Archives: Ben Bennetts

City Living

article(Extended essay alert) I wasn’t expecting it. I wasn’t looking for it. But a couple of weeks ago I walked into the National Portrait Gallery on a whim, and came face-to-face with Grayson Perry. Here, laid out for my inspection … Continue reading

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Carnal Delights

Carnal to the Point of Scandal by Kevin Jackson My rating: 5 of 5 stars Kevin Jackson had me at “Hello”. (It’s tempting to say that he had me at “Perge, scelus, mihi diem perficias” (p. 129) – of which … Continue reading

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In Loving Memory…

Originally posted on M.M. Bennetts:
On 25th August 2014, MM Bennetts passed away at her home in Hampshire, England. We can tell you all that it was painless and she was very peaceful. Although she had been fighting her…

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Going round in circles

I woke up yesterday morning with this Schumann song in my head: I’d known Hugo Wolf’s setting of Mörike’s text since my teens, but had only discovered Schumann’s during a compare-and-contrast exercise in my final year at Oxford. (Thank you, … Continue reading

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The perils of the written word

Having (as you may have noticed) indulged in a surfeit of bloggery during the last couple of weeks, I’ve realised there is a problem with the written word. Two, actually. It’s a well-known fact that when someone is talking to … Continue reading

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Living from the heart

Every once in a while I read a book that seems in some way to be describing me, and seems somehow to understand me better than I do myself. The latest is The Shack by William P. Young. The Shack … Continue reading

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A voice that needs to be heard

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain My rating: 5 of 5 stars This may be one of the most important books of the last one hundred years. It is certain to … Continue reading

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