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Leith on life: the age of irritation

"I live in a state of more or less perpetual irritation"

By Sam Leith   June 2015


The dawning of my forties has brought a new and interesting phase of existence. We all know about the Age of Innocence, the Age of Anxiety and the Awkward Age. Now, I think, we are entering a less glamorous era and one with fewer high-toned literary associations: the Age of Irritation.

I live in a state of more or less perpetual rage: the sort of rage that attaches itself to inanimate objects and distant political institutions alike, and which betokens—in my analysis—a sense of powerlessness in the face not of vast cosmic…

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