Author Archives: Roman Krznaric

What is the Greatest Carpe Diem Poem of Them All? Try The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Hello to you all. I hope you managed to seize plenty of days over the summer. For my part, I’ve been seizing a new title for my forthcoming book. After much debate and soul-searching, it will now be called Carpe Diem Regained: The Vanishing Art of Seizing the Day, rather than the original title used for the crowdfunding […]

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From the Cutting Room Floor: Zorba the Greek

After three years of blood, sweat and tears, the manuscript of my crowdfunded book Carpe Diem Reclaimed is now under the fine scalpel of my editors at Unbound. I remain sitting in my study, surrounded by the detritus that accompanies a near-finished book project: piles of notes, books read and unread, newspaper clippings, obscure scholarly articles, and multiple […]

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Empathy an an Age of Extremism

These feel like turbulent times. From mass shootings in the US to the rise of far-right parties and terrorist attacks in Europe, we seem to be entering a new age of extremism. If there is any solution to this, I think empathy has to be part of it. In this new five-minute video for Aeon […]

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1001 Books is now open! And come and borrow a stranger too…

The Empathy Museum’s new pop-up library, A Thousand and One Books, is now up and running (and looking rather beautiful). It’s outside the NOW gallery, next to the O2 Arena in London. Come and visit! The show will be open until July 2. As part of the festivities, we’re holding a Human Library event on June 25, […]

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1001 Books: Take part in the Empathy Museum’s new project!

Is there a book – one you absolutely love – that you would like to share with someone you’ve never met? The internationally acclaimed Empathy Museum is asking 1001 people to donate a book to a unique pop-up library called A THOUSAND AND ONE BOOKS, which will appear at the London International Festival of Theatre in June, then tour […]

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The Secret to the Good Life: Live Every Day Twice

‘Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now.’ This mind-bending maxim is courtesy of the Austrian existential psychotherapist and Auschwitz survivor Victor Frankl. He considered it to be one of the keys to living […]

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Steve Jobs Was Wrong: Don’t Live Each Day Like It’s Your Last

Live each day like it’s your last. It’s been the mantra of everyone from the Ancient Roman philosopher Seneca to the digital sage Steve Jobs. In my humble opinion, however, there are five fundamental reasons why it is one of the most misguided pieces of life advice to have emerged in Western history. You can […]

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What song makes you seize the day?

I’m crowdfunding my new book Carpe Diem Reclaimed with the lovely and rather funky publisher Unbound – in just two weeks it’s already reached 55% of the target, so big thanks to everyone who has backed it. One of the best things about crowdfunding is the crowd bit: it’s not every day that an author […]

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Carpe Diem Reclaimed – thank you for seizing the day!

Dear Friends I’m delighted to let you know that the crowdfunding campaign for my new book Carpe Diem Reclaimed has got off to a great start. The support so far has been amazing: over once-third of the target has been reached in under a week, with pledges from around 150 people. A huge thanks to those of you […]

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Carpe Diem Reclaimed – help crowdfund my new book!

I’ve got some big news. Today I’m launching the crowdfunding campaign for my new book, Carpe Diem Reclaimed: The Story of A Cultural Hijack, and I’d love your support to make it happen. The book explores how the spirit of carpe diem – seize the day – has been hijacked by consumer culture, 24/7 entertainment […]

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