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01James Fox20180129

Five writers consider the art of viewing a phenomenon or social activity closely.

Five writers consider the art of viewing a phenomenon or social activity closely:

Art historian James Fox drew a yellow disc and put a face on it, he was very young at the time. Since then he has been beguiled by the star that gives our planet light and warmth. And, as he says, looking up to the sky, "there is much that is god-like about it."

Producer Duncan Minshull.

02Lauren Elkin20180130

Five writers consider the pleasures of viewing a phenomenon or social activity closely.

Five writers consider the pleasures of viewing a phenomenon or social activity closely:

Lauren Elkin reckons that the way people walk, their gait, is a signifier. It also tells us something about ourselves as we watch people file past us, the quick and the slow. And it makes her think of George Sand strolling Paris..

Producer Duncan Minshull.

03Nicholas Shakespeare20180131

Five writers consider the pleasures of viewing a phenomenon or social activity closely.

Five writers consider the pleasures of viewing a phenomenon or social activity closely:

Every year Nicholas Shakespeare visits the River Hodder in Lancashire. The aim is to catch sea-trout. But to catch sea-trout you have to understand them, and to understand them you have to read their river - expertly.

Producer Duncan Minshull.

04Rachel Cooke20180201

Five writers consider the pleasures of viewing a phenomenon or social activity closely.

Five writers consider the pleasures of viewing a phenomenon or social activity closely:

Rachel Cooke considers the way people eat, what it says about them that is good and bad and amusing. Yet her starting line is unnerving - "the optics of eating are inherently violent." How so?

Producer Duncan Minshull.

05Lavinia Greenlaw20180202

Five writers on the pleasures of viewing a phenomenon or social activity closely.