8 min read · May 12th · This is the midweek edition of Culture Study — the newsletter from Anne Helen Petersen. Paid Subscribers: If you haven’t activated your invitation to Sidechannel, email me for a new one. New topics…
This is the ballad of aspirational bourgeois existence. It is not actual precarity. It is just an existential mind-fuck, a creepy funhouse of despair packaged in online shopping carts with free shipping if you just sign up for free emails, and it extends far into the corners of our homes, onto our bodies, in leisure pursuits, and the way we raise our children.
The envelopment and distraction inherent to these projects — and their normalization through reality TV and fix-it media — makes it all the more impossible to even imagine a different way of organizing one’s life. “Freedom” and “choice” present themselves as the “freedom” to choose between various products; those choices then fill the void where personality or community might have been.
3 min read · 2020-06-02 · For most of our lives, we’re hard at work: we’re up till midnight in the library studying for a degree, we’re learning a trade, building a business, writing a book. We have hardly a moment to…
9 min read · 2020-03-31 · How preposterous is it that Vita Sackville-West, the bestselling bisexual baroness who wrote over thirty-five books, should be remembered today merely as a smoocher of Virginia Woolf?
~12 min read · 2020-04-03 · The deserted streets will fill again, and we will leave our screen-lit burrows blinking with relief. But the world will be different from how we imagined it in what we thought were normal times. This…
8 min read · 2020-02-26 · It's not simple. But it's part of being human.
Approval-seeking is usually a childhood-created coping strategy. Did you feel a need to get love from your parents and create ways to gain their approval? Did you struggle to make friends at school, and subsequently develop a fear of being rejected?" she said. "By identifying where the approval-seeking started, you can identify the types of situations that trigger your need for approval in your current life."
2 min read · 2019-11-13 · “I think of good love as something that roots, not rots, over time, and of the hyphae that are weaving through the ground below me, reaching out through the soil in search of mergings.”
2 min read · 2019-11-10 · Is it the ego that gets depressed? - Depression can be a hidden killer because many get depressed without knowing why. It is not only circumstances which create depression. For a serene life, we...
~13 min read · 2019-10-21 · This page contains an organized collection of links and resources on a wide range of philosophical topics. Over recent years, there has been a massive increase in high-quality philosophy resources…