Dawood Gustave

Dawood Gustave discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Dawood Gustave is the founder of Reluctantly Brave and a global leader in bringing game-changing imaginative thinking into the heart of businesses. He grew up on a council estate in Peckham in south London. Aged sixteen, he left school and home, spending the next 16 years finding a range of ways to survive and make a living. At 31, a series of disturbing personal events sparked a desire to change the course of his life. He enrolled in an adult education course and went on to study history at Oxford. He has been included on The Independent’s Happy List of 100 people who make Britain a happier place and on The Evening Standard’s list of the most influential people in London.

  1. Ibn Khaldun’s influence on Machiavelli https://thearabweekly.com/rediscovering-ibn-khaldun-pioneering-arab-medieval-mind
  2. Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities https://ecotalker.wordpress.com/2019/10/05/a-review-of-imagined-communities-by-benedict-anderson/
  3. Le Grand Voyage https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2005/oct/14/3
  4. Cymande https://thevinylfactory.com/features/cymande-cult-funk-debut-golden-age-hip-hop/
  5. Erno Goldfinger https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/who-was-ern-goldfinger
  6. King Tubby https://www.factmag.com/2015/05/19/king-tubby-beginners-guide-dub-reggae/

Armand D’Angour

Armand D’Angour discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Armand D’Angour is a Professor of Classics at the University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor at Jesus College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters on the literature and culture of ancient Greece, and (as a former professional cellist) has conducted innovative research into reconstructing ancient Greek music. His books include The Greeks and the New (Cambridge: CUP, 2011) and Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher (Bloomsbury 2019) – reviewed here.

1. Aspasia of Miletus https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b040hjy4

2. Schubert Arpeggione Sonata with cellist Miklos Perenyi and pianist Andras Schiff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNcQuY1isEI

3. Pienza in the Val d’Orcia https://www.marthasitaly.com/articles/16/pienza-tuscany

4. Odi et Amo by Catullus https://www.rattle.com/odi-et-amo-hate-and-love-and-the-poets-soup-by-art-beck/

5. Projection https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

6. Halva https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2019/08/15/here-are-all-amazing-ways-you-can-enjoy-halva

Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Sarah Carey is a broadcaster, columnist and regular contributor Irish and international media. She is a columnist for The Irish Independent and has previously written for The Sunday Independent, The Irish Times and The Sunday Times. For six years she presented the critically praised Talking Point on Newstalk. Sarah has a degree in history from Trinity College, Dublin. She began her career in telecommunications and technology, working in both Dublin and California and continues to work in the field of strategic communications.

  1. QALYs https://timharford.com/2020/06/cautionary-tales-the-spreadsheet-of-life-and-death/
  2. Philips Lumea IPL Prestige 9000 https://www.philips.ie/c-m-pe/hair-removal/lumea-ipl
  3. Christian underpinning of human rights https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/nov/21/dominion-making-western-mind-tom-holland-review
  4. Baby confinement https://www.mimimatthews.com/2016/05/08/the-victorian-baby-19th-century-advice-on-motherhood-and-maternity/
  5. The Irish wake https://www.masshinitt.com/Blog/6301/irishwake/
  6. Lough Crew https://www.loughcrewmegalithiccentre.com/loughcrew-cairns/

Samira Shackle

Samira Shackle. Photograph by Peter Fingleton

Samira Shackle discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

Samira Shackle is a freelance writer and reporter based in London. She is the editor of the New Humanist magazine, and a regular contributor to the Guardian Long Read. Her first book, Karachi Vice, is a work of narrative nonfiction telling the story of five ordinary citizens of Pakistan’s largest city.

1. Private cities https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jul/08/inspired-by-central-park-the-new-city-for-a-million-outside-karachi 

2. Rosemary Tonks https://www.poetrybyheart.org.uk/poems/badly-chosen-lover/

3. The Gish Gallop https://effectiviology.com/gish-gallop/

4. Pakistan’s Sufi shrines https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/pakistans-sufis-preach-faith-and-ecstasy-92998056/

5. Eliza Haywood http://jasna.org/publications-2/persuasions-online/vol38no1/dow-simpson-seth-intro/exhibit-1-article/

6. Albanian sworn virgins https://slate.com/culture/2012/12/jill-peters-documenting-sworn-virgins-women-who-live-as-men-in-albania-photos.html 

Sam Bowman

Sam Bowman discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Sam Bowman is director of competition policy at the International Center for Law & Economics, Portland. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute, a Non-Executive Director of the drug policy think tank Volteface, and Founder of the Entrepreneurs Network. He was previously Executive Director of the Adam Smith Institute, an economic policy think tank in Westminster.

1. PC Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MQUleX1PeA

2. Europa Universalis IV https://www.paradoxplaza.com/europa-universalis-all/

3. Index funds https://www.thebalance.com/why-invest-in-index-funds-2466447

4. Private chat groups https://www.wired.com/story/telegram-encryption-whatsapp-settings/

5. Alienability of rights https://sambowman.substack.com/p/the-importance-of-alienability

6. Ignorance and error in politics and economics https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/what-are-the-implications-of-political-ignorance-for-democracy/

Terence Blacker

Terence Blacker discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Terence Blacker is a songwriter, singer and author who has sung and read at festivals, clubs and theatres in the UK, Europe and America. He was already an established author when he started writing and performing his songs in 2009. His musical storytelling – offbeat, funny songs capturing the lives of modern-day misfits and outsiders – quickly found a following at folk clubs and festivals. His books include The Twyning and You Cannot Live As I Have Lived and Not End Up Like This. His columns for The Independent are at https://www.independent.co.uk/author/terence-blacker.

1. I Didn’t Know You Cared https://archivetvmusings.blog/tag/i-didnt-know-you-cared/

2. Rats https://www.dw.com/en/rats-dangerous-vermin-or-useful-members-of-society/a-19161314

3. Sam Carter https://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/mar/24/sam-carter-review

4. Eleanor ‘Fizz’ Fazan https://books.friesenpress.com/store/title/119734000004692137/Eleanor-Fazan-FIZ

5. The short stories of Lorrie Moore https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/09/28/face-time

6. Collecting wood https://firewoodforstoves.com/collecting-your-own-wood/

Will Hutton

Will Hutton discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Will Hutton is co-chair of The Purposeful Company. He was Principal of Hertford College, University of Oxford from 2011 to 2020, and Chair of the Big Innovation Centre, an initiative from the Work Foundation. He was chief executive of the Work Foundation from 2000 to 2008. He was formerly editor-in-chief for The Observer.

1. American football https://www.the42.ie/basic-guide-to-american-football-and-the-nfl-2265086-Feb2018/

2. Oxford Divinity School https://discoveroxfordshire.com/things-to-do/the-divinity-school/

3. The Enlightenment Economy by Joel Mokyr http://www.enlightenmenteconomics.com/blog/index.php/2010/01/review-of-the-enlightened-economy-by-joel-mokyr/

4. 5 plus 2 diet https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/the-5-2-diet-guide

5. Pickled Herring and Acqua Vit https://www.capebretonpost.com/opinion/the-taste-of-denmark-pickled-herring-and-aquavit-20245/

6. Section 172 of the 2006 Companies Act https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/business-law-blog/blog/2017/09/section-172-uk-companies-act-2006-desperate-times-call-soft-law

Deborah Moggach

Writer Deborah Moggach discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Deborah Moggach has written 21 novels, including Tulip Fever and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, both of which were made into movies. She has adapted many of my own and others’ work, including the BAFTA-nominated Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Her latest novel is The Carer, out in paperback, and her new novel, The Black Dress, will be published in July.

1. The Goodwin Sands https://www.amusingplanet.com/2016/11/goodwin-sands-and-its-shipwrecks.html

2. Old Master Painting auctions https://www.theartnewspaper.com/analysis/golden-oldies-the-year-old-masters-go-digital

3. Karen Dalton https://timeline.com/karen-dalton-folk-tragic-8c042745bdc7

4. Arnold Bennett https://www.nybooks.com/articles/1966/11/03/to-bennetts-rescue/

5. The Judges’ Lodgings, Presteigne https://www.judgeslodging.org.uk/

6. 2CV cars https://www.2cvgb.co.uk/

Dr Meg Van Deusen

Dr Meg Van Deusen discusses with Ivan six things which should be better known.

Meg Van Deusen, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and mindfulness practitioner in private practice since 1994. In a time of great stress and disconnection in the US she offers insights and solutions to help readers reconnect and live healthier lives. Dr Van Deusen lives in Seattle, Washington where she enjoys the outdoors, cooking and time with her husband, sons and friends. Her latest book is Stressed in the U.S.: 12 Tools to Tackle Anxiety, Loneliness, Tech-Addiction and More. Further details are at https://www.megvandeusen.com/books/.

1. Attachment Theory https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/690495.A_Secure_Base

2. Race to Nowhere https://www.amazon.com/Race-Nowhere-Vicki-Abeles/dp/B01DAKOXG8

3. John and Stephanie Cacioppo https://www.stephaniecacioppo.com/stephanie-john

4. Restorative Justice restorativejustice.org

5. Gut-Brain Axis https://psychscenehub.com/psychinsights/the-simplified-guide-to-the-gut-brain-axis/

6. Sawubona https://www.globalonenessproject.org/library/interviews/sawubona

Leo McKinstry

Leo McKinstry discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Leo McKinstry is a journalist and author. His books include Boycs: The True Story (2000), Rosebery: Statesman in Turmoil (2005) and Attlee and Churchill: Allies in War, Adversaries in Peace (2020).

1. The novels of Patrick Hamilton https://www.bookforum.com/print/1405/in-a-trio-of-novels-patrick-hamilton-offered-deft-portraits-of-the-english-working-class-as-world-war-ii-descended-their-republication-introduces-us-to-the-odd-booze-drenched-world-of-a-terrific-british-writer-2046

2. The New Brighton Tower in Wallesey http://www.hiddenwirral.org/the-new-brighton-tower/4590497180

3. Lord Rosebery https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v27/n18/ferdinand-mount/truffles-for-potatoes

4. Constance Smith https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/01/04/news/tale-of-limerick-actress-constance-smith-s-hollywood-tragedy-revealed-in-tv4-documentary-1520331/

5. The music of Andy Prior https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zs3-NMKvD0

6. The National Liberal Party https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Liberal_Party_(UK,_1931)