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Book Review: Reasons to Stay Alive

“What idiot called it’depression’ and not ‘there are bats living in my chest and they take up a lot of room’, ps. I see a shadow.” – Melissa Broder, poet “Reasons to Stay Alive”, by Matt Haig, struck a chord … Continue reading

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Writing

I will not give up on my blog. I will not give up on my blog. I will not give up on my blog. This is my silent atheist prayer and promise to myself and the universe. I like writing. … Continue reading

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Asimov

I am reading Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series again. I’ve read the series over a dozen times since I first came across it when I was in 5th grade. Asimov is one of my favorite authors in one of my favorite … Continue reading

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One

Richard Bach is an author who writes his own mixture of fantasy and philosophy, well known for Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions. One  of his later works is the novel, One. As you may guess from the title, the book … Continue reading

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Marbles

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me is Ellen Forney’s graphic memoir about her struggle with bipolar disorder.  A graphic novel is a brilliant way to deal with this subject, because words, even words in the hands of a gifted writer, … Continue reading

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Wodehouse

“George wandered down Shaftesbury Avenue feeling more depressed than ever. The sun had gone in for the time being, and the east wind was frolicking round him like a playful puppy, patting him with a cold paw, nuzzling his ankles, … Continue reading

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Is Happiness Boring?

I’ve read a fair number of memoirs, essay collections, and so on. Few of them, if any, are happy. Funny, yes. But mostly a darker shade of humor. The bad things that happen to our protagonist (the author) make it … Continue reading

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