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by thatalex
12 Jul 2024, 22:41
Forum: Books & Writing
Topic: Review of two ASOIF books
Replies: 2
Views: 13

Re: Review of two ASOIF books

Hot take: The books are disgusting because history is disgusting when done right!
by thatalex
21 May 2024, 15:46
Forum: Health & Self-Care
Topic: Euthanasia: When and If
Replies: 7
Views: 764

Re: Euthanasia: When and If

"One way in which the bar is sometimes set too high for patients who are trying to access assisted suicide is by broadening the scope of decision-making capacity evaluations too far beyond issues of capacity. One example of this is using an inappropriately high standard of ‘stability’ of attitu...
by thatalex
21 May 2024, 15:29
Forum: Books & Writing
Topic: Gothic Horror Tropes!
Replies: 21
Views: 6842

Re: Gothic Horror Tropes!

Sycorax: I just finished reading the linked Wikipedia article about Belle, and would be interested in reading (English translations of) her letters. Is there any good commentary website about them, and are the English translations freely available somewhere? I'm not fluent in French unfortunately, I...
by thatalex
19 May 2024, 15:37
Forum: Health & Self-Care
Topic: Euthanasia: When and If
Replies: 7
Views: 764

Re: Euthanasia: When and If

To be fair prison is just as expensive as mental health treatment and politicians have no qualms about mandating that people be sent there, but.... In this instance I would not be surprised if politicians did see the mentally ill - even this apparently bright and strongwilled young woman - as "...
by thatalex
19 May 2024, 15:25
Forum: Books & Writing
Topic: Gothic Horror Tropes!
Replies: 21
Views: 6842

Re: Gothic Horror Tropes!

Thanks for the link Sycorax, reading now. I think that my heroine will be a bit of an adventuress, naive but curious, and basically decent but potentially violent. However it is not like she is the one who made life cheap in the setting, so I'll give her a pass for that for now. I suppose Sharpe pro...
by thatalex
19 May 2024, 15:12
Forum: Music
Topic: Cassection
Replies: 1
Views: 401

Re: Cassection

Thanks Robin, I enjoyed reading these. IDK if my tracklists stack up so well; I don't always put my tracks in to "flow" with each other either.
by thatalex
19 May 2024, 15:11
Forum: Books & Writing
Topic: Orwell: A Critical Revaluation due... ?
Replies: 10
Views: 3120

Re: Orwell: A Critical Revaluation due... ?

This is all very interesting.... Time for my hot take. "White" feminism isn't limited to white people in the UK, basically you get a lot of middle-class women (I've met ethnic minority women like this) with unconscious privilege and a sense of thwarted entitlement who don't accept their pl...
by thatalex
18 May 2024, 05:01
Forum: Health & Self-Care
Topic: Euthanasia: When and If
Replies: 7
Views: 764

Euthanasia: When and If

So I just saw a Guardian article claiming that euthanasia is allowed for unbearable mental suffering in the Netherlands... https://www.theguardian.com/society/article/2024/may/16/dutch-woman-euthanasia-approval-grounds-of-mental-suffering?utm_source=pocket-newtab-en-gb This disturbs me. Not just bec...
by thatalex
04 May 2024, 21:33
Forum: Books & Writing
Topic: Gothic Horror Tropes!
Replies: 21
Views: 6842

Re: Gothic Horror Tropes!

I haven't fleshed out the heroine's character strongly yet - beyond that she is physically and mentally tough, but not socially. Also maybe immature but not too arrogant to listen to others. I find the idea of making her strongly moralistic presents a dilemma, because there is no way someone of her ...
by thatalex
04 May 2024, 21:10
Forum: Books & Writing
Topic: Orwell: A Critical Revaluation due... ?
Replies: 10
Views: 3120

Re: Orwell: A Critical Revaluation due... ?

I'm sure it would be awfully convenient for a whole lot of people if De Beauvoir being a pimp and a nonce was inseparable from her feminism, or relevant to it. I suppose we need to separate the idea of political empowerment (generally good for oppressed groups) from the messy and often immoral natur...