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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Favourite literary classics I've read

While I prefer modern books, I have a read a fair few classics and enjoyed most of them. Classic books address topics that are universally understood and can be replicated in modern literature. The Catcher in the Rye deals with teen angst and finding yourself, whilst The Bell Jar deals with mental illness. When you read a classic you realize that it doesn't matter what time period the story is set in; people in the 19th and 20th centuries still dealt with the same sorts of problems that us lot around today deal with. Fears, wishes, and the stuff that makes us human can be found within the pages of classic and modern books.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

What makes somebody good?

My most recent Netflix binge was of a show called The Good Place, a comedy based around Moral Philosophy. It features a woman named Eleanor who wakes up in the afterlife and is told she is in 'the good place'; not a stereotypical Abrahamic vision of angels and gods, but a beautiful cheery neighbourhood filled with other good people. 

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Anxiety Bites

Let me explain what it's like to live with anxiety.

Thoughts start racing, hands start shaking. Stomach starts aching, legs are swaying. Rapid blinking. Struggling to stand up straight because my body has become so heavy I might collapse. Everything becomes exaggerated; fears start taking over my mind. Noises are sudden. Paranoia. Trapped, like being in the sunken place.

Thursday, 14 June 2018


Next month I am publishing a Kindle e-book titled 'Every Last Psycho.' It will feature two dark YA novellas: one is called 'Every Last Thought', and the other is called 'Psycho Girl.' A brief summary of both is below.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Discussing characters on Mad Men

Yesterday I finished this show that I have been watching for the past six months. Mad Men is a period drama set in the 1960s about men and women working in a high profile advertising agency. Its an incredible TV show that is character driven and focuses on human psychology, moral complexity and subverts of cliches, much like two of my other favourite shows The Sopranos and Game of Thrones. All three of these shows are set in different time periods and settings, but they all deal with similar themes, and characters who are often unlikeable but relatable. This post is going to discuss several of the key characters on Mad Men, much like I have done with other blog posts. Long post; will contain spoilers.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

The Genius of American Psycho

American Psycho is not a movie/novel about a killer. It is about the vapid, self-absorbed yuppie culture of upper class stock brokers living in 1980s America. It is about the fact that they are so consumed by the mass consumerism of their lives; obsessed with booking reservations even when not hungry, and trying to have the best business card.

It's good to give less of a shit.

What do you care about? What really matters in life? Is there a need to get so wrapped up over the little things that you lose sight of what's really important? Of course not.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Lara Croft is a feminist's wet dream

What does feminism want? No one really knows. As a general statement, they want a woman who is tough rather than dainty; has a her own agency and can take of herself (not a damsel in distress), is independent from men, but still looks like a woman. They want a woman who is sexually liberated, rather than a woman who has to 'cover up' and be 'chaste' because that's denying female sexuality. They want a woman who is intelligent and well-educated. Who fits this bill well? Ms Croft.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Pros and Cons of Living in London

London is a busy city. It's vibrant, colourful, noisy and polluted. I was born and raised in the UK's capital, and have also lived outside it - in Guildford and briefly York. I think this city has its pros and cons, and so am going to write about them.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Thoughts on '13 Reasons Why' Season 2

So the other night I watched the last five episodes of Season 2 of '13 Reasons Why' in one go. Didn't go to sleep till four in the morning. I have so many after-thoughts about the season, including the finale, so this post is just going to discuss that. Long post; will contain spoilers.