Recent readings have indicated to me that it is essential to embrace nuance in global affairs and acknowledge that not everything can be discovered from a Google search

In a 1958 column published in the Saturday Evening Post, Arthur M Schlesinger Jr argued that it’s good for us to spend some time alone because great ideas are rarely the product of committees. ‘Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself,’ he wrote.

Now that we are passing the one-year mark since the start of the pandemic, many are tired of being stuck at home. The gift of Schlesinger’s solitude wears quite thin after so many days indoors by ourselves.

While it may not have been a great year for our collective mental health, one benefit has been the opportunity to read far more books than usual. My pandemic reading list has been documented across about 70…

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