In Praise Of: Horror!

Yes, horror. As in the genre, not the feeling in real life. When I think of the horror genre, I think first of movies. I have always been a bit a scaredy-cat with them and let them get into my head, and find it hard to sleep after watching them. But this has begun to… Continue reading In Praise Of: Horror!

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In Praise Of: Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

To me, at least, the psychology of reading for pleasure is interesting - why do we do it? What do we get out of it? Why is pleasurable? Why do we like what we like? Different people will have different answers to these questions. Generally I know what I like, and I can judge relatively… Continue reading In Praise Of: Reading Outside Your Comfort Zone

In Praise Of: Sad Stories

When we learn about trauma, we also learn about catharsis, about 'getting it out' and finding closure. About having a cathartic experience. This is why we read books about war and suffering, why survivor testimonies are always popular books in whatever form they may take - from the wonder of writers like Primo Levi, to… Continue reading In Praise Of: Sad Stories

In Praise Of

In the interests of my making my blog as varied and interesting as possible, and also to stop it from becoming what Kim Forrester recently called “ another (unpaid) marketing cog in the machine”, I have decided to start a new series - In Praise Of. So what will I be praising? Firstly it won’t… Continue reading In Praise Of