I’m often struck by other people’s – especially wine people’s – difficulty in coming to terms with the way I think. Why, they wonder, do I always have to bang on about all the things I think are wrong with the status quo?

Leafing through this week’s Financial Times, I was surprised and delighted to come across an answer to that question – in an interview with one of my literary heroes: the writer, philosopher and playwright Michael Frayn. 

“The very fact that we can say, ‘If I were you’ is significant… You can’t really understand how things are unless you can think and express that they could be otherwise”

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