My Guardian column is taking a one-week seasonal break this week. (I hope it's having fun and getting drunk, wherever it is. Me, I'm working.) But I did write the introduction to Guardian Weekend's Worst Ideas of 2012 special edition, and contributed one of the "worst ideas": the predilection among politicians, and the rest of us, for ignoring reality.
Meanwhile, here's a short remembrance of Susan Jeffers (third item down), author of Embracing Uncertainty and Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway, which I was very pleased to be asked to contribute to the New York Times magazine's annual 'The Lives They Lived' edition. Jeffers's works are subversive, anti-positive-thinking texts masquerading as conventional self-help books – and they're all about not ignoring reality. They're well worth reading.