In our self-help–obsessed society, there’s more pressure than ever to be ‘living our best lives’ as the most organised, productive and achievement-seizing version of ourselves. With our time so commodified and our hobbies increasingly professionalised, have we lost touch with simple pleasures like reconnecting with the community, calling our parents more often and drawing wonky unicorns for our children? Hear from writer, broadcaster and Afropean: Notes from Black Europe author Johny Pitts as he mounts a spirited defence of mediocrity, extolling the joy of banality, the beauty in boredom and the easy bliss of trivial pursuits.

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Johny Pitts

Johny Pitts is a writer, photographer and broadcast journalist. He has received various awards for his work exploring Afro-European identity, including a Decibel Penguin Prize and an ENAR (European Network Against Racism) award. As part of an ongoing project, Johny founded and curates the award-winning online journal, part of the Guardian Newspaper’s Africa Network dedicated to the Afro-European diaspora, and has collaborated with Caryl Philips on a photographic essay about London’s immigrant communities for the BBC and Arts Council. Afropean is a Guardian UK, New Statesman and BBC History Magazine Best Book of 2019.