Why We Need More Mental Illness In Fiction

It is unsurprising, given my own struggles, that I have always been intrigued by fictional representations of mental illness. As society-at-large attempts to redress some of the taboos surrounding psychological ailments, the publishing industry has been working overtime to fill the gaping chasm in accurate portrayals of mental illness. While there is still an incredible … Continue reading Why We Need More Mental Illness In Fiction

Monday Musing: For The Adults Who Read Children’s Fiction…

I track the history of my life less along the lines of conventional milestones - fleeting first crushes and those terrifying but gratifying signs of impending puberty - and more in my memories of favourite books. My fascination with the fantastical magnificence of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory marked one of my earliest forays into 'proper' books … Continue reading Monday Musing: For The Adults Who Read Children’s Fiction…

Monday Musing: How Many Books Are Too Many? A Reflection On Reading Goals

Now that we're past the halfway point for 2019, I've been spending some time thinking about the objectives that I set out in January for a successful year of reading. I'm not typically someone who focuses much on quantity when it comes to the books that I consume. Instead, my goals are usually oriented toward … Continue reading Monday Musing: How Many Books Are Too Many? A Reflection On Reading Goals

Monday Musing: Literary Censorship And Political Control

In Elif Shafak's excellent TED talk on the ways in which fiction can combat the restrictions of culturally-boundaried identity, the author discusses her own history of literary controversy and its intersection with political censorship. Shafak - a Turkish author, whose most recent work deals with the story of a murdered sex worker - is no … Continue reading Monday Musing: Literary Censorship And Political Control