Steven Poole

Against the Modern Cult of Spontaneity
Think before you act
July 18, 2014

Truly living in the moment and being utterly spontaneous would render you unable to make and keep promises.

Queen Victoria Took Medicinal Marijuana
February 21, 2014

People who study drugs and human society can arrive at curious historical theories.

Against the Insufferable Cult of Productivity
December 13, 2013

The 21st century cult of productivity is paralyzing us. 

The Pseudo-Profundity of Malcolm Gladwell
October 11, 2013

This piece orignally appeared on newstatesman.com.  Malcolm Gladwell is sometimes criticised on the basis that, although he has a reputation as a thinker, all he does is précis other people’s research. That’s not fair.