Mild hiatus because I lost my job. Blog post about that coming soon cause nobody accepted my pitch cause fuck my drag, right?
- Awakenings is a 1973 non-fiction book written by Oliver Sacks that describes him treating patients of the 1920s encephalitis lethargica epidemic or more commonly known as ‘sleeping sickness’.
The disease attacks the brain, leaving some victims in a statue-like condition, speechless and motionless. Between 1915 and 1926, an epidemic of encephalitis lethargica spread around the world. Nearly five million people were affected, a third of whom died in the acute stages. Many of those who survived never returned to their pre-existing “aliveness”
They would be conscious and aware – yet not fully awake; they would sit motionless and speechless all day in their chairs, totally lacking energy, impetus, initiative, motive, appetite, affect or desire; they registered what went on about them without active attention, and with profound indifference. They neither conveyed nor felt the feeling of life; they were as insubstantial as ghosts, and as passive as zombies
- Literally what the fuck, terrifying. Read more here.
- Subreddit dedicated to when AI’s or NPC’s react to your presence in funny or confusing ways. Spent a good hour going through this and it’s glorious. Discover here.
- Amazing article by Molly Fischer for The Cut magazine. In an era of identity politics, what happens to pop culture? Explains why Katy Perry’s attempt at being ‘woke’ and ‘how do it, fellow kids?’ is so cringey and misplaced in 2018. Get woke here.
- Recommended to me by my boyfriend after I spoke to him about watching the Netflix documentary My Beautiful Broken Brain. This article looks at a really interesting neurological condition where the sufferer suddenly doesn’t recognise their surroundings despite being in their own house. Read here.
- Loved this article by Laura Smith, I wanted to kiss it, I loved it so much. I like to imagine this is articulating the feeling sometimes I feel when I want to suddenly rush into the woods and never come out. Vanishing as a way to reclaim your life is perfection. Vanish here.
- In a similar vein, Graham Robb is discussed in this story in the Guardian as someone who wrote a book about the land between Scotland and England. The border which is full of rich history but has no been left unnoticed by most people. Read about the debatable land here.
- I physically recoiled and sat aghast as a friend told me sometimes she looks at spoilers during movies. After reading this, it makes it a lot more understandable and every now and then when it’s not something I’m invested in, I’ll just read the spoilers too. Spoil yourself here.
- Silicon Valley is prepping for the apocalypse by buying acres of farmland in New Zealand, it’s to do with Jacob Rees-Moggs dad, clean water and the no real understanding of New Zealand at all. Intrigued? Read here.
- I’d like this bench, it’s cute.