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READ: Leslie’s House of Nightmares. | “When my son leaves another boy, it’s as if that boy has ceased existing. But my daughter, like her friend, is tormented by what might be going on elsewhere, in another girl’s life. You can describe this as a kind of feminine problem, but looked at in another way isn’t it an extraordinary gift?” | How do you solve a problem like a family? | “You’ve gone through the agony of taking an idea that is perfect – it’s soaring, it comes from this other place – then you’ve had to summon it down and process it through your shit brain. It’s coming out of your shit hands and you’ve ruined it completely.” | Jeanette Winterson: my family Christmas. | “Be silent, recover my strength, start again.”

LOOK: First major Vanessa Bell retrospective. | The Female Eunuch is on Audible read by Germaine Greer. | Whole roasted cauliflower with almond-herb sauce. | Parmesan rind broth. | Cheesy mashed potatoes for the soul. | Frosty cavalo nero. | Something Curated: a much-better-than-usual guide to London’s art, culture and people. | What have we done? |  “Shortly before commissioning the project the client was involved in a life threatening car accident, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. As such, he requested a complex space, ‘because the house will define my world’.”

THINK: What people don’t understand about the white working class. (Remember when Obama was mocked for eating arugula?) | “Educated v less educated may be even more toxic than rich v poor, because it comes laden with assumptions of moral superiority. These days the rich find it quite hard to get away with the presumption that their wealth is proof of their virtue. When they seek protection from the system, it is pretty clear what they are up to: they are looking after their interests. But when the educated look out for themselves they can dress it up as something ostensibly better than that: expertise. To those on the receiving end, that stinks.” | “It is unconscionable, this know-better recrimination, directed at the very people who just put the most work and energy into defeating Trumpism, coming from those who will be made least vulnerable by Trump’s ascension.” | Is this how democracy ends? | “I don’t believe in apocalyptic—until the apocalypse comes. I think nothing is the end of the world until the end of the world.” | “Abraham Lincoln fought clinical depression all his life, and if he were alive today, his condition would be treated as a “character issue”—that is, as a political liability. His condition was indeed a character issue: it gave him the tools to save the nation.”