At the movies · Conversation recall

Conversation Recall: Truman Capote and Oscar Moore

In his Oscar-winning performance as Truman Capote (in the movie “Capote”) Philip Seymour Hoffman says: “I have 94% recall of all conversation. I tested it myself.” I say, as a joke, but not always inaccurately, that I can go 1% better than that: I have 95% conversation recall. Friends comment on it. It’s not something… Continue reading Conversation Recall: Truman Capote and Oscar Moore

Notes from West London · Smart Thinking

“Smart Thinking” and “Self Help” at the bookshop

A few months ago I noticed that my local bookshop has a whole section called “Smart Thinking”. This is where you’ll find Malcolm Gladwell’s books, and “Nudge”, “Freakonomics” and Daniel Levitin’s “The Organized Mind”. I don’t know when this section first appeared but assumed at first that it was intended for people who wouldn’t be… Continue reading “Smart Thinking” and “Self Help” at the bookshop