So, the New Year. Chesterton memorably remarked that the object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul. I have scratched my head as to how this may be possible. Instead, my resolutions for 2013:

  1. One French poem read aloud to myself, with passion, in my notorious A-level accent, every day of the year.
  2. To repay every single act of kindness towards me with two acts of kindness towards someone else.
  3. To stop looking down at my hands as I play the old keys of life with my cloth ear.
  4. To dust more frequently.
  5. To cease and desist with the belief that every creative act has to result in something.
  6. To stop worrying about being original. One is always original – except when one is trying to be.
  7. To learn to cook. Anything.
  8. Fail better.

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