Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.

- Rudyard Kipling

Words. They're just ink on a page, pixels on a screen, bits in the ether. But there is little in this world with as much power as the written word.

Here, I write sincerely on everything from literature and philosophy to politics and finance - and probably less sincerely on a whole host of other topics too. You might agree with me, you might not, you might like me, you might not, but I am reaching out with my words to take part in that great web of human experience in which we all share, and I hope that is worth something.

    On "Serviceable Substitutes for Wit"

    I'm very partial to quotations - I think deep down, we repeat the words of our literary heroes only in some vain hope of becoming a little more like them - after all, isn't imitation the sincerest form of flattery? So here are some of my favourite indulgences in a Little Book of Quotations.