Social Spectres: an informal research proposal

It’s Friday the 13th – election day 2019. A glum fog hangs on the corners of my colleagues, lecturers and families’ smiles. The farce and self-deprecating humour haunts me. So, naturally, I am ready to declare to the world – or rather, to the few “followers” I have – that I am working on a […]

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Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

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 […]

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Reasons To Stay Alive 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 […]

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The Humans 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 […]

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