Magazine
Latest Issue

Out of mind

Music is not mere "auditory cheesecake"—it tunes the engines of self-awareness. That's why I ration my intake of Arvo Pärt and drive to the Small Faces

By Paul Broks   June 2005

A gust of wind. The woman’s wig flies off and spins across the supermarket car park like a cartwheeling cat. The man gives chase. Ha ha. Funny. Except that I am the man and the woman is my wife, and she is crushed. She stands, rooted, hands on her baby-bald head, eyes welling. “Don’t worry, Mum,” my son reassures. “No one saw.” Later, in the middle of the night, I lie suspended between resolve and despair. My wife is asleep. Her skin smells faintly of chemotherapy. I am listening, through earphones, to music so simple and profound that resolve and…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect