Emotional Intelligence (A THING NOW)

You know how you have an IQ? (Of course you do, you’re reading my blog. I just needed an opening line to hook you. Keep reading.) Well, I was reading this cool book with words in it, and I found out there’s a thing called an EQ. The concept of ’emotional intelligence’ was introduced to…

HAPPINESS MIGHT NOT BE A LIE AFTER ALL, CLAIM SCIENTISTS

Happiness, like lunchtime, is an illusion. However, like dessert-time, it makes us happy. But, like brunch-time, thinking about it in psychological terms is a relatively recent phenomenon. That’s enough food metaphors for now. On with today’s topic: Positive Psychology! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!! Did it work? ….Aaawwww, shit. Anyway, positive psychology is the study of what leads us…

The Truth about Psychopaths

So, here’s a little psychology lesson I wish someone had given me when I was younger and spouting tumblr-psychology at people. Since then, I have started reading actual books with actual sources and am actually informed. A Psychopath is someone with a diagnosable case of a psychiatric disorder. Someone who has no conscience and is…

Textuality

What is a text? The same question was asked by my lecturers during the first year of my degree. Oh God, I thought, They’re getting into the pretentious part already. It is my sad duty to tell you that this is the very same question posed by the notion of ‘Textuality’. What’s the difference between…

Solidity of Specification- EH??

Looking at my title, I can already sense your eyelids drooping down in boredom. Fuck, even mine did, and I’m meant to be telling you about it! But, it’s an idea, and ideas are important, so let’s stick with it and see if something as awkwardly worded as the ‘Solidity of Specification’ can be made…

Metafiction

You know when Deadpool breaks the fourth wall? Metafiction is kinda like that. It’s fucking awesome. The idea is that we can aim for originality, but we’re sure never to truly hit it- of the hundreds of thousands of books published every year, most are recycled plots with new-ish characters. Works of Metafiction are very…

Style

As a writer, the best and worst thing about you is your style. It’s like a tattoo of your fingerprint, on your face. You can’t hide it, choose it, or change it. Yet, it also eludes most people. In a world where everyone else is more successful than you, why would you want to write…

Critical Authority- A DYING ART

Now, if you’re like me, or any other artist from the past since-art-was-invented, you’ve probably got a healthy distrust of authority. So, when we were covering something like ‘Critical Authority’ in lecture, I was about ready to jump ship and transfer to something I’d hate less, like a degree in being punched in the lady-nuts….

WHAT IN GODS NAME IS THE CANNON?

In every pretentious literature class I’ve ever been in, or even the non-pretentious ones, The Cannon has been mentioned. There have been multiple attempts to explain what it is, with little that makes actual sense to a person like me who speaks normal-less-big-wordy-English. So, what is the Cannon? Well, if you trace it back to…

Culture- a Shocking History

What is culture? What makes a culture? T. S. Elliot once described it as ‘That which makes life worth living’, while a young and uneducated me once called it ‘for stuck-up twats.’ But, what is it? Why is Culture so different everywhere? Culture is different from civilisation, clearly. Civilisation seems to be made up of…

Hyperrealism- ART’S ANSWER TO PHOTOSHOP

People frickin’ hate Abstract art. Artists hate abstract art. People who make abstract art mock abstract art. Hyperrealism is the manifestation of this distaste. Where the Abstract artists couldn’t ever fully paint their non-corporeal ideas, the Hyperrealists went the exact opposite route, wanting their art to be as realistic as humanly possible. Their paintings are…

The Harlem Renaissance- RACISM AND JAZZ HANDS

When was the Renaissance? During the roaring 1920s. The Harlem Renaissance, that is. Not the boring one where god was dying and everyone was losing their job because Da Vinci was gay or whatever. The Harlem Renaissance, needless to say, was not that. Instead, the Harlem Renaissance was spearheaded by the creative talents of a…