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Digital Subscriptions > Attitude > January 2019 > Editor in Chief’s Letter

Editor in Chief’s Letter

“How do you measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee, in inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife” and so go the lyrics to the song Seasons of Love from the musical Rent. It’s an uplifting, if bitter-sweet, song about how we can quantify the lives of the people we have lost. The first time I heard it live it was sung by the London Gay Men’s Chorus at a World Aids Day memorial service in Soho, and it’s one of those songs I find myself listening to as winter rolls in and the year comes to an end. If you asked me how I measure a year on this grey, gloomy Saturday afternoon that I am typing the copy you’re reading right now, I’d reply that it was measured by a seemingly unending cycle of washing. My week is genuinely (and, yes, pathetically) defined by what day I need to wash my whites, darks and colours. Sad, I know, but when you’re the kind of mentally unstable person I am, who conceals his psychoses beneath a thin veneer of calm composure, then routine is vital to functioning in a socially acceptable manner. But aside from my sad relationship with Beyoncé (the name I bestowed on my washing machine… long story… all the appliances in my house are named after pop divas) there are, of course, many other ways to measure a year, which don’t need an added scoop of Daz washing powder.

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