Johann Hari – Lost Connections (depression and anxiety)

Drug companies would fund huge numbers of studies and then only release the ones that showed success Well-known author and journalist, Johann Hari, suffered from depression as a teen, taking anti-depressants from a tender age. Told, like so many others, his depression was the cause of a chemical imbalance in his brain, he later studiedContinue reading “Johann Hari – Lost Connections (depression and anxiety)”

Sylvia Plath * The Bell Jar Book Review

Trigger warning: scenes contain suicide, thoughts of self-harm and detailed thoughts on depression. I have never read such a good introspective work musing on the nature of life, lack of purpose, sinking into depression, analysis of psychological treatments of mental disorders in the middle of the 20th century and such detailed thoughts of suicide thatContinue reading “Sylvia Plath * The Bell Jar Book Review”

Quotes from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Here we’ll explore quotes from The Bell Jar, an influential modern novel that took mental illness head on in a chronicle both terrifying and tender. The Bell Jar wasn’t published in the U.S. until 1971, in accordance with the wishes of Ted Hughes, to whom she had been married at the time of her deathContinue reading “Quotes from The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath”

If my father loved me * Rosie Thomas

Rosie Thomas brings forward an interesting novel of the complexities of family and the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. Sadie’s life is calm and complete. She is a mother, a good friend, and the robust survivor of a marriage she deliberately left behind. She has come to believe that she has everythingContinue reading “If my father loved me * Rosie Thomas”

Shooting Stars 01 Cinnamon – V. C. Andrews Book Review

For Cinnamon, dreaming of imaginary worlds and characters is her only escape from her mother’s breakdowns. Her grandmother’s overbearing control. Her family’s turmoil. But Cinnamon is discovering something special about herself, a gift from deep within that sets her apart: a talent for the theater that would finally give her a chance…to truly escape.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Book Review

I wonder if there is anyone left in the world that can be objective about John Green. And if there is, can they be objective about a John Green book about teens dying of cancer? “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that theContinue reading “The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Book Review”

Most Romantic Scenes from La Boheme

I went to see La Boheme (Puccini) sung at the Sydney Opera and I was absolutely in awe of the voices and of some of the really cute and cheesy romantic dialogue. The opera follows two couples as they get together and fall apart in the turn of the century Paris. They struggle with poverty,Continue reading “Most Romantic Scenes from La Boheme”

BoJack Horseman Season 5 Out Today

“BoJack Horseman” has recently been announced as returning to Netflix with a new season. I loved this funny yet heart-wrenching show that lights the depression, addiction and superficiality in Hollywood (and truly everywhere). This may be the saddest animated comedy in TV history, and with each new batch of episodes it delves deeper into itsContinue reading “BoJack Horseman Season 5 Out Today”