Over the past few weeks, I have been reading more about Chinese art. More specifically the Chinese diaspora and how their transexperience effects intent and the resulting “product” of an artwork. Notions of transexperience often create a liminal space. A space in which there are two main characteristics but those characteristics are the antithesis (or […]Read more "language and image"
Spring 2019: The final semester of third year has arrived! Yesterday I received my results from semester one English literature module and I was overjoyed with how well I managed to perform. It is the best English literature grade I’ve ever attained truly motivating me to believe that I am actually good at my degree, […]Read more "Haunting Texts: Notes from a module"
I have been so excited to read some Matherson, even more so after I read Stephen King’s afterword in my edition of I Am Legend, it was one of the most interesting horror/science fiction novels I’ve read. And just like King said in the afterword, I didn’t want I Am Legend to end. Although Mathersons’ original novel has a film […]Read more "A Note on I Am Legend by Richard Matherson"
To read my review of his previous mental health book, Reasons To Stay Alive, click here. In the opening chapter of this wonderful, insightful book, Matt Haig summarises his masterpiece perfectly: “I had already written about my mental health in Reasons To Stay Alive. But the question this time was a broader one: how can we live in a mad […]Read more "Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig"
‘The fact that this book exists is proof that depression lies.’ After I read The Humans by Haig I was excited to read more of his wonderful work. Reasons to Stay Alive is a non-fiction, biography-style mindfulness guide / mental health educational text. Very wordy, I know, but Haig certainly isn’t. His writing is conversational without being too dumbed […]Read more "Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig"
“Let us consider this: what if there actually is a meaning to human life?” Haig’s main character, a Vendorian (an alien), considers a statement by one of Earth’s most famous (my favourite) poets, Emily Dickinson “I dwell in possibility”. With no answers of why we’re really here, our race, us puny humans fabricate reasons for existence, and superior beings […]Read more "The Humans by Matt Haig"
Finishing IT is probably one of my proudest literary achievements. Its such a fantastic book packed with interesting themes explored in great depth. I listened to a total of 45 hrs of an audiobook over the course of a year, on-and-off, gradually picking up speed over the past few months. Over 1000 pages of words […]Read more "IT by Stephen King"
After reading Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates I was super interested in reading more about what Laura Bates had to say, and when I saw that she had recently come out with a new book, Misogynation, I had to pick it up. This was not an easy read for a number of reasons. Partly because so many of […]Read more "Misogynation by Laura Bates"
Two books in a row that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Again, one of the best I’ve read this year. The introduction to Dear Ijeawele: A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by C. N. Adichie says: ‘a friend of mine from childhood […] asked me to tell her how to raise her baby girl a feminist […] In […]Read more "Dear Ijeawele: A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by C. N. Adichie"