Category Archives: Doodles

Quick health update- December 2014

Since some of you have been asking- I’ve been having health problems for the past few weeks because of which I haven’t been able to write any new posts- I hope to be back soon, though I can’t say when at … Continue reading

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The view from Maslow’s peak (I) – Living through a thought experiment

A 20th-century psychologist called Abraham Maslow developed a “hierarchy of needs” which he thought human beings had to navigate in order to feel fulfilled in their lives. He depicted it as a pyramid: At the bottom are the bare necessities … Continue reading

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And Beth shall be no more- Little Women, heroines and Nora Ephron

I’ve done the maths- for my most recent bout of treatment, which lasted 166 days, I spent 63 (in all, not consecutively) having chemotherapy. If you want to know what having chemotherapy is like, here’s how Christopher Hitchens described it in … Continue reading

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The bee

  Footnotes 1. I used the iPad app Paper by 53– an app that allows people who can’t draw to draw- to create this. I am indebted to the “Mastering Paper by 53” series on a website called Made Mistakes for … Continue reading

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On my bookshelf (II) – The evolution of self-help

I’m terrible at art, but have recently decided to give it a go for want of things to do. Because I lack an artistic imagination, I decided to start off by drawing things I can see; and from my preferred … Continue reading

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Jane Austen, Free-Trait-Theorist

Ordinarily, I would never have read Quiet- The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain for two reasons, both unfair- first, I’d half-watched the TED talk and it had left me cold, and second, I … Continue reading

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Books of my childhood (III) – New Yorker humour and a woman’s search for meaninglessness

I didn’t always know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be. -Diane von Furstenberg I too have always known what kind of woman I want to be. I want to be clever and … Continue reading

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