Jan 10, 2011. Thank you Tees. Charity registration 1099733. Posted by PeeDee on October 18th, 2020. While the garments themselves may not be that old-fashioned, the stores are another matter. So you can only imagine what Nice Alain made of this rather less polite review by Nasty Mark a few years ago for the Independent on Sunday, which took his book ‘Status Anxiety’ to task for the fact that it nowhere addresses the author’s own status or his anxiety about what people think about it (his father was one of the richest men in Europe – his mother is one of the richest women in the UK, ranked not far below the Queen): Precisely because the author is such a polite, learned and charming writer with a fine appreciation for history, literature and the arts which he is so very generously keen to share with us, he never explicitly touches on the subject of his own status, or his own anxiety about what the world thinks of him. I will be watching….’). Create’s exclusive feature in the Independent on Sunday, Create and Patron Matthew Bourne give 27 young people a world-class dance experience. That Nice Mr Alain de Botton Can Be Nasty Too! But Mr de Botton is famous for being so incredibly nice and proper and pointy-headed and hovering above the dirty world the rest of us actually have to live – and work – in. The accusations you level at me are simply extraordinary. We change logos for display purposes as well as changes of corporate logos. I will be watching with interest and schadenfreude.’. It may be the most interesting, most lively thing he’s ever written. I genuinely hope that you will find yourself on the receiving end of such a daft review some time very soon – so that you can grow up and start to take some responsibility for your work as a reviewer. Dec 31 What 2014 has taught me Tweet . That and the refreshingly childish spitefulness of the incredibly wise and thoughtful de Botton, even as he is admonishing the reviewer to ‘grow up’. But one thing it isn’t is mould-breaking. Cookies are enabled by default in your browser. The names, logos, and other source identifying features of newspapers depicted in our database are the trademarks of their respective owners, and our use of newspaper content in the public domain or by private agreement does not imply any affiliation with, or endorsement from, the publishers of the newspaper titles that appear on our site. You have now killed my book in the United States, nothing short of that. – have had an incredible start to 2015. But what were the ‘manic’ and ‘extraordinary’ and ‘daft’ and ‘perverse’ accusations levelled against de Botton? The Sunday Independent was published in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and with 1,643 searchable pages from . Tag: Independent on Sunday. Unfortunately, the letter writer had neglected to delete the bit at the bottom of the email from an earlier forwarding which read: ‘Alain – is this OK?’. So here’s the full text (note the curious emphasis he puts on the idea of ‘nice people’): ‘Caleb you make it sound on your blog that your review is somehow a sane and fair assessment. (Even in his flaming of the reviewer for mentioning this, he’s still wrinkling his nose: ‘…it’s only fair for your readers… to get a whiff of something more complex’.). Which isn’t terribly Nice. What’s more, it’s free – and he appears to be saying now that he thought it was only going to be seen by Caleb. In a polite and almost exasperatingly balanced review Crain dared to suggest that de Botton had been a bit sniffy about some of the people he interviewed – de Botton complained for example that one interviewee’s house ‘smelled strongly of freshly boiled cabbage or swede’. Search the Sunday Independent newspaper archive. Now, none of us writer types like bad reviews – and I’ve penned a tart note or two myself in the past, knowing full well that such things are ‘not done’. Deft touch that – showing us that Alain isn’t prejudiced against cabbage, just proley vegetables in general. Or swede. This page contains logos used within our website since 2002 for The Independent on Sunday (or previous names). It’s just been drawn to my slow-witted attention that the ‘popular philospher’ and professionally nice Alain de Botton last month had an hilarious hissy fit over a critical review of his latest offering ‘The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work’ by Caleb Crain in the New York Times.