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It's Lonely at the Centre of the Earth: This Book Is for Someone, Somewhere.

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after a little bit of the way through i was just reading it to get it over with bc it is a short and quick read. The most helpful thing for me was reading Changing Our Minds, a lesbian feminist book critical of psychiatry and therapy.

Instead she seems determined to try and form relationships with others based on a persona that seems to actively sabotage any chance of relationships ("Sorry for being weird").

Personally, this didn't work for me at all, but I'm glad the lonely are finding a kindred spirit in its pages.

In my life I'm in a pretty good place, and so reading this I can appreciate her honesty while also not feeling myself going back to that part in my life.She chronicles six months of her life, including going to a convention and meeting/staying with an American artist she has kind of idealized and developed a crush on. Thorogood is disparaging about her own early artistic forays, but by this point she's impressively adept, flipping between styles and media as moods shift, or sometimes combining them as a form of digression. Occasionally there will be an interesting part, like where she is terrified of tabling at a convention and then gets more comfortable with it, and she can draw really well, she just doesn’t do it often. There is a frenetic energy that roars forward through this highly metafictional memoir experiment that would feel twee or already well-trodden in lesser hands but becomes this incredible work that feels just as messy and lovely as real life should be.

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