In an exclusive interview for the BBC, tennis superstar Novak Djokovic offered the following justification for his refusal to vaccinate himself against COVID-19. "Me, as an elite professional athlete, I have always carefully reviewed, assessed everything that comes in from the supplements, food, the water that I drink, or sports drinks - anything really that… Continue reading On Novak Djokovic’s Refusal to Vaccinate Himself Against COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in too many changes to enumerate. Many of these changes are material or behavioural. But some are psychological. People's attitudes have evidently altered with respect to more or less every facet of life, whether it's the value of work, free time, travel, material consumption, or anything else. One change has… Continue reading Essential Work
Jeremy Corbyn made headlines last Friday. In addition to his party's pledge to put to a referendum any deal they strike to leave the EU against the option to remain, he said that as Prime Minister he would adopt a 'neutral stance' on the two options. He later justified the decision as 'a sensible way… Continue reading Corbyn’s Brexit Neutrality
Some weeks ago, trapped in a car by my sleeping child (I am responsible for the child; it isn't just immovably heavy or something), I thumbed some thoughts on the academic job market into my phone—specifically, thoughts from the perspective of a seasoned applicant directed at hiring committees and HR departments. I then shared them… Continue reading On the Academic Job Market
The Sunday before last, German footballer and 2014 World Cup winner, Mesut Özil caused huge controversy, especially in Germany, when he retired from international football because, to unhelpfully condense the whole affair into one sentence, ‘racism should never ever be accepted’. The whole unseemly episode began when Özil and German team-mate Ilkay Gundoğan, who both enjoy… Continue reading On Jan Leyk on Mesut Özil
J-Lo recently remarked that men are useless before they turn 33. A Refinery 29 article asks various 33-year-old men whether this is true, here. They interviewed me for the piece on my 33rd birthday. For those short on time, my responses are here.
The World Cup is finally upon us! And despite being 32 years old, I can barely contain my child-like excitement. I have supported the country of my birth (Germany) since I was 6 when, alas, they faltered to Denmark in the final of Euro '92. But one might sensibly wonder why I’m excited. After all,… Continue reading Do We Really Care about the World Cup?
In the 64th minute of yesterday's Champions League final, Gareth Bale scored an outrageous bicycle kick to give eventual winners Real Madrid the lead over Liverpool. Here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JbOoJ_dge4 During the BBC’s Radio 5 Live coverage (at 1:25:33), commentators Mark Lawrenson and Chris Waddle debated whether it was a greater goal than Cristiano Ronaldo’s… Continue reading Are More Important Goals Better Goals?
This post was originally posted at the Thinking About Fiction blog, here. I have a problem. I love mid-period Woody Allen films. In no particular order, I love: the jokes, the affection, the humanity, the characterisation, the depiction of family life, the locations, the performances, the references to other films, books and poetry, the clothes, the music,… Continue reading Guest Post: Imaginative Resistance and the Woody Allen Problem – Kathleen Stock
There's been a flurry of recent news coverage tentatively hailing a possible new era of a liberally reformed Saudi Arabia. The tentativity is appropriate; puff pieces casting various Saudi Royals as the next great reformers have featured in anglophone press outlets for years (David Ignatius, anyone?). The coverage includes a segment on the BBC's flagship… Continue reading Saudi Reform and the Assault on Yemen