Luke Slattery, author, journalist, academic and literary critic.

By Rossella Venturi

I can’t sleep well these nights. Can’t stop thinking of the house renovation which is going to trash my life soon. Some people enjoy renos; I don’t. Alain De Botton’s The Architecture of Happiness stares at me from my bedside table: I want to fool myself that in those new blue Moroccan bathroom tiles, which my architect suggested, I will find – besides financial bankrupcy – the answer to the coming winter of my discontent.

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