The Peculiar Appeal of Right-Wing Political Fan Fiction

More domesticity, less ‘Fifty Shades of May’ by Harry Harris To the uninitiated, fan fiction can seem a little bit like Pandora’s Box — open it at your own risk. However, as the popularity of fan fiction as a form grows, so its influence begins to leach out into the world, with shows like The Crown, Riverdale and American Gods all taking on the world-expanding characteristics that make fanfic so appealing. When it comes to who qualifies for the fanfic treatment, the net grows ever wider. That means characters from books and TV are joined by pop stars, Hollywood heartthrobs — and, more improbably, politicians. This maybe isn’t as surprising … Continue reading The Peculiar Appeal of Right-Wing Political Fan Fiction

When is stress good for you?

Breaking point. Photo by Paul Furborough/EyeEm/Getty The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime by Bruce McEwen is Alfred E Mirsky professor of neurosciences and behaviour and head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University in New York City. His award-winning research on stress and the brain has been published in Proceedings to the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Neuroscience, and Molecular Psychiatry. He lives in New York. Stress pervades our lives. We become anxious when we hear of violence, chaos or discord. And, … Continue reading When is stress good for you?


by Sofia Adamson, Staff Writer Waking Times  Of all the culturally conditioned behaviors we’ve mindlessly adopted, alcoholism is one of the most curious. We know it is highly detrimental to personal health and that it directly contributes to myriad societal problems including violence and drunk driving. We also know that the alcohol industry is exceptionally lucrative while at the same time the police state uses this addiction to extend their authority. Some argue that alcoholism is a spiritual disease, and that the consumption of ‘spirits’ is a means of giving the self up to our inner demons. Dr. Gabor Maté sees alcoholism as a means of covering … Continue reading 20 COMMON THINGS PEOPLE REALIZE WHEN THEY QUIT DRINKING ALCOHOL