The Road to Character by David Brooks“I wrote this book not sure I could follow the road to character, but I wanted at least to know what the road looks like and how other people have trodden it.”—David Brooks
With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers, David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways. In The Social Animal, he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together. Now, in The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success, Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, or faithfulness, focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed.
Looking to some of the world’s greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders, Brooks explores how, through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations, they have built a strong inner character. Labor activist Frances Perkins understood the need to suppress parts of herself so that she could be an instrument in a larger cause. Dwight Eisenhower organized his life not around impulsive self-expression but considered self-restraint. Dorothy Day, a devout Catholic convert and champion of the poor, learned as a young woman the vocabulary of simplicity and surrender. Civil rights pioneers A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin learned reticence and the logic of self-discipline, the need to distrust oneself even while waging a noble crusade.
Blending psychology, politics, spirituality, and confessional, The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities, and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.
“Joy,” David Brooks writes, “is a byproduct experienced by people who are aiming for something else. But it comes.”
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Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense review - Robert Webb and Mark Heap are unflappably farcical
So the play sidesteps the tricky task of bringing the famous Wodehouse prose to life on stage by making a show about Jeeves literally keeping the show on the road, aided by another butler, Seppings. Director Philip Wilson keeps the action rattling along and tightly focused. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts. The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in We do not receive government funding.
Sometimes the best cure for a sour mood or a gray day is a bit of nonsense. Whether that is achieved by laughing at some absurd meme your friend posted on Twitter, a mindless show you binge watch on Netflix, or a podcast with a comedian you love - frivolity can take many forms. This is true even in the theatre. This production provides a theatrical escape from whatever ails you and provides audiences with a hilarious romp told by three actors with a penchant for sight gags, impressions, and a whole lot of whimsy. Wodehouse - slightly daft gentleman Bertie Wooster and his long suffering, yet quite resourceful valet, Jeeves.
I n a week when David Cameron and George Osborne made a rare joint campaign appearance — Tory spin doctors are thought to take the view that one public schoolboy at a time is more than enough for most voters — Conservative central office may welcome theatrical evidence that being a toff is not necessarily toxic in modern Britain. Perfect Nonsense, the PG Wodehouse adaptation that recently won the Olivier award for best comedy, is in such demand that the West End production has been starrily recast. Following the departure of Stephen Mangan and Matthew Macfadyen - the original Jeeves and Wooster — they have been replaced by two other performers who are familiar from their television appearances: Robert Webb Peep Show, Mitchell and Webb takes over as Bertie Wooster, with Mark Heap Friday Night Dinner, Green Wing donning the tailcoat of the gentleman's gentleman. The show, for which writers the Goodale brothers have drawn largely on the novel The Code of the Woosters, contains more than enough plums from Wodehouse to satisfy admirers of the writer — including metaphors such as the chap with "the sort of eye that could open an oyster at 60 paces". Crucially, though, Sean Foley's production also achieves broader appeal to those agnostic with regard to the characters by employing a structure that plays with the conventions and catastrophes of amateurish theatre with an affectionate malice reminiscent of Michael Frayn's backstage farce, Noises Off. Notionally, Wooster, with typical enthusiastic self-delusion, has hired a West End theatre to put on a dramatised version of an elaborate anecdote involving his Aunt Dahlia, an antique cream dispenser and a night at the country pile of his short-sighted friend Gussie Fink-Nottle.
V's Trattoria is our official restaurant partner. - When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker — reconciling the affections of his host's drippy daughter Madeline Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle. If Bertie, ably assisted by the ever-dependable Jeeves, can't pull off the wedding of the season he'll be forced to abandon his cherished bachelor status and marry the ghastly girl himself!
The plot revolves around Bertie Wooster deciding to stage a one-man show revolving around his recent experiences at Totleigh Towers , only to discover on the evening that, in typical Wooster fashion, nothing has gone to plan and the show is not ready to be staged. In desperation, he enlists his valet Jeeves as well as the butler Seppings to help him stage the production, with Bertie as himself and both Jeeves and Seppings playing multiple characters. Both in the story Bertie is narrating and the play as it is being performed, events quickly spiral out of control, prompting Jeeves to step in to make sure all ends well. Wodehouse 's novel The Code of the Woosters. The tour would visit Bury St. The production had the same director as the original production, Sean Foley, and the same designer, Alice Power.