by Adam Elder Besides spending too much of it? Lots of things… There are so many dumb ways to spend your money — indeed, Las Vegas was pretty much founded upon this principle. But vices and material pleasures aside, what are truly the stupidest ways to waste your money? Alongside a couple of Certified Financial Planners affiliated with the XY Planning Network — Mark Wilson, with MILE Wealth Management in Irvine, California, and Kayse Kress, with Physician Wealth Services in Bristol, Connecticut — we tried to figure out the worst offenders. I KNOW I’M SPENDING TOO MUCH, BUT HOW DO I SPEND LESS? Yes, … Continue reading WHAT’S THE STUPIDEST THING I’M DOING WITH MY MONEY?

Fearing fear itself

Photo by Peter Marlow/Magnum Once parents felt children needed a little fear to grow up well. Today they are desperately protective. What went wrong? Frank Furedi is a sociologist and social commentator. Formerly professor of sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury, he has written numerous books, the latest of which is How Fear Works (2018). Edited by Pam Weintraub How much fear, anxiety and risk can children handle? Until the late 19th century, most people thought that the answer was quite a lot. Aristotle himself said that education might be defined as teaching us to fear aright. It was widely believed that … Continue reading Fearing fear itself

Leonard Cohen Under a New Light

Leonard Cohen performs in London in 1979. | Photo by Adam Beeson Two books, a biography and a collection of poetry, take a deeper look at the late musician’s inner life and Zen practice. By Matthew Gindin I was always working steady But I never called it art I was funding my depression Meeting Jesus reading Marx Sure it failed my little fire But it’s bright the dying spark Go tell the young messiah What happens to the heart —“Happens To The Heart,” The Flame October saw the arrival of two treats for fans of the late Leonard Cohen. The first, Matters of … Continue reading Leonard Cohen Under a New Light