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Francis Davies argues with himself in public about writing, books, and more.

Mindfulness Books for Kids: A Publishing Confidence Trick?

Mindfulness is a bit of a buzzword. Like self-help, it operates in a nebulous zone. As public mental health discourse becomes more prevalent, people have started to take emotions a tad more seriously. If the self-help industry is broadly targeted at adults who can better handle adversity and employ critical thinking when subjected to questionable…

Words and Verse – Negative Creep, Nirvana

This time we’re examining Nirvana’s Negative Creep. On the surface, Negative Creep appears to be a lamentably repetitive song about being a stoned outcast, but beneath the thin veneer it is really a complex riff on the neo-Freudian underpinnings of sociological intrafamilial hierarchies, and the way in which sex can be weaponised to reinforce or…