As part of my continued fascination with how people use ancient philosophies in modern life, I went to interview Jonathan Newhouse, chairman of Conde Nast International, which publishes the non-US editions of magazines like Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Glamour and House and Garden. How, I wondered, did Jonathan follow Stoic philosophy in such an image-focused Read more…

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I might start doing a regular feature looking at people’s life-philosophy. This week, it’s Alexei Sayle, pioneer of alternative comedy, former member of the Communist Party, and one of the stars of the Comic Strip. Here he tells me about his fondness for Stoic philosophy, and why Alcoholics Anonymous is his ideal model of a Read more…

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Here’s a conversation with John Lloyd, the TV producer behind Not the Nine O’Clock News, Blackadder, Spitting Image and QI, talking about how ancient philosophy helped him to get through five years of depression. How did you come across Stoic philosophy? I’d had 10 years of unalloyed success as a TV producer in the 1980s Read more…

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Live Like A Stoic Week is happening for the second year – this year, it’s taking place from November 25 to December 1. Everyone who is interested in Stoicism, or who practices it today, is encouraged to take part, get involved in an event or activity, and help spread the word. Last year, Stoic Week Read more…

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Is it possible to for a professional sports team to put character before external success? I visited Saracens rugby club to find out. It can still feel weird discussing having had depression and anxiety to strangers in public talks. Although I’m fairly used to exposing myself these days (as it were), there are still occasions Read more…

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