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

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Her philosophy, her illustrations, and her worldview are IMO worth taking a look at if you can handle the subject material. It's an excellent visual representation of depression and self-pity because there's no logic to it and it's incredibly self-absorbed.

Connectivity with others becomes a major concept she turns over, examining how much the self is observed as a product of other’s observations, though also how lonely one can be without it. A robot devoid of any emotion who understands everything that happens around you, yet you don't care about any of it.And for the record—no one is simply 'happy' it's a temporary state of being that comes and goes, just like pain. It's a good place to get to, but it does illustrate the overall slightness of the narrative, in that whilst the artistic endeavour of the book (hopefully) acted as a literal self-help guide for the author, as readers the less self-absorbed, more engaged-with-other-peoples'-realities person she trails at the end of the book is the author who might, in the end, give us more gifts. It follows the author during six months of her life as she struggles with suicidal depression, meaning that there isn’t really a storyline, as the point is to simply show what it is like in her head during that time.

The artwork is a messy jumble of styles; very little colour, and Goodnight Punpun-style simplistic heads on detailed bodies; full page spreads of crap and detailed panels interspersed with narration. I ako zanemarimo nekolicinu mladalačkih ('self-indulgent') krindž momenata, bilo je emocionalno uživanje probijati se kroz ovu knjigu kao kroz neku džunglu, gde ne znam šta se sledeće krije u dubini.

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. That Thorogood portrays all this in a graphic vernacular that we not so much read as absorb only makes it all the more powerful.

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