September 2015 archive

Fuck This Journal: Betterness through Bitterness, by Dale Shaw

| Reviews You Can Read In One Minute

 

51705w9lZfL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_Fuck This Journal is an inspired and hilarious swipe at all those think positive books that claim to encourage your creativity. If you see ‘meaningful’ saccharine quotes overlaid on photos of sunsets and roll your eyes: this is the book for you. If you’ve ever read a ‘creatively stimulating’ tome, or sat through a lesson engaged in an arty exercise: this book is for you.

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At a time when colouring books are marketed at adults, this is a refreshingly droll look at instigating your ‘cre-hate-tivity’. Full of comic drawings and amusingly pointless exercises, such as: ‘Let’s adopt a trick from Ernest Hemingway. He said “when I seek inspiration I write the word ‘inspiration’ over and over again” Hey! Why not give it a try in the space below?’ This is a book that’s sure to raise a laugh and a half.

Managing to introduce a narrative into the collection of witty and dour illustrations and Unknownexercises, Shaw’s bitter alter ego reveals a story of: divorce from Carol, near bankruptcy, and thwarted dreams. I have certainly met this hard done by, chip on the shoulder type in pubs and creative writing classes before, which adds a deliciously satirical layer to the book. Fuck This Journal is a genuinely unique comic work. Buy this as a gift for yourself and all the creatives in your life. That’s Christmas sorted.

Fuck This Journal by Dale Shaw: Fucking buy this 5/5

 

 

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Wharf Column: What Your Bedtime Routine Says About You

| Journalism

GL501648Every night before bed I do the same things, in the same order. Remove make up, moisturise face, brush hair, put pyjamas on, brush teeth, apply hand cream and lip balm, and climb into bed. And every night, around about the brushing my hair stage, my husband calls for me to hurry up. This is because, to him, getting ready for bed is a simple one step process – remove day clothes. This is not a gender issue….

 

To read the full column please follow this link: http://www.wharf.co.uk/lifestyle/what-bedtime-routines-say-who-10066760 

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