The cover for Allie Brosh’s book, Hyperbole and a Half, says it all! “Unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem, and other things that happened.”
Allie writes a blog called Hyperboleandahalf.com. Now it’s in book form. Allie writes about and describes depression in a way that makes it clear …terribly clear and terribly sad: the absence of feeling. Eventually it goes away, but not before she tries to make everyone around her feel better by trying out different facial expressions that mimic normality. She also has a retarded dog. She knows this because there was a test online to determine his condition. Then she and her husband thinking they have some dog whispering abilities get another dog to help “simple dog” He is a dog who hates all other dogs, luckily he doesn’t recognize simple dog as a dog and so on. What a treat!
And then Terry Gross interviewed her on Fresh Air.
The news from Russia is worse and worse. The crackdowns on Gays and the reductions in freedom for all citizens and now the latest: Moving one of the Pussy Rioters to Siberian for reporting on terrible conditions in the women’s prison.
Lily Allen’s new music video, “Hard Out Here,” has gotten a lot of criticism for attacking sexism using black women dancers. It looks like racism. I think Lily Allen is brilliant. I think she made a mistake in the video, and I think parody and satire are very difficult. They often become what they are fighting against.
This is a thoughtful article by Camille Hayes from Bitch Media.