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Fun Home: a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

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An erudite, self-aware feminist memoir, in graphic novel form, examining a lesbian’s childhood relationship with her parents – especially her closeted gay father. Fun Home is chock full of psychoanalysis, literary criticism and commentary on gender, sexuality and suicide. You may recognise the author’s name from her Bechdel Test, which ‘asks if a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man’ to indicate gender bias (Wikipedia).

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It’s World Mental Health Day! #WMHD

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This year’s theme is ‘Living with Schizophrenia’.

In a taxi the other day, I heard on the radio a DJ suggesting that cancer treatment be prioritized over mental health services. That was a jaw-dropper. Mental illness can be just as deadly as cancer. ‘People with severe mental illness die 10-25 years earlier than the general population.’

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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My read for Banned Books Week was certainly apropos. Fahrenheit 451 shows you the results of a book banning society. A scary, ignorant and shallow world where brutality and casual violence are everyday events done in the name of entertainment; a regressive and disabling move in social evolution, handicapping progression by limiting knowledge and encouraging selfishness.

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Scottish Independence: Why women, students and elderly are more likely to vote ‘No’ and working class men say ‘Yes’

Scottish flagAt first glance, it’s easy to dismiss the Daily Mail‘s reported findings from a recent poll, but upon further thought, it all makes sense.

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