Archive | August, 2009

Introducing the Last Englishman

Here is a short video I recorded with Roland Chambers about his new book, The Last Englishman: The Double Life of Arthur Ransome. You could view this as an appetizer for the longer audio interview with him, coming in my podcast for Faber in early September, in which he talks about Ransome’s life in Russia […]

Continue Reading · 28 August, 2009 · biography and memoir, children's books, history and politics, podcasts, video

29. A walk across the universe

“Why is there something rather than nothing?” asked the German philosopher Gottfried Leibniz several centuries ago. It’s one of the main questions animating Christopher Potter‘s first book, You Are Here. And given that there is something, how did it come into being? And how for that matter did we come into being, several billions of […]

Continue Reading · 16 August, 2009 · podcasts, religion and belief, science and philosophy