In times like these, art has power to make us feel less alone

The guardian | :

Sadness gets a bad press. That, at least, was the view of William Trevor, the Irish novelist and short story writer who died, at the age of 88, this week. “If you take away the sadness from life,” he said in an interview, “then you are taking away a big and a good thing, because to be sad is rather like to be guilty.” Sometimes, he said, “people should feel guilty”. He had, he added, “written a lot about guilt”… Read more

Image: Joyce DiDonato’s In War and Peace Photograph: Publicity handout