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Leith on life: how happy to be helpless

As much as we all spend time wishing to be empowered, I think there’s a quieter part of us that prefers the opposite

By Sam Leith   September 2015


I had a beautiful moment the other day. It came when I arrived at East Finchley station at about nine o’clock on the morning of the recent Tube strike. I’ve learned to take not much notice of tube strikes, because—at least in recent memory—strike doesn’t generally mean strike strike. It means severe delays on the red and blue and grey lines, the yellow line not working at all (quite to be taken within one’s stride, because…

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