Hornby is so good at illustrating our life’s unspeakable pain with acerbic humour. A Long Way Down is not actually about committing suicide. It is about how life can open up another chapter if we don’t die. On another new year’s eve, it makes me ponder how many people out there need a heart-to-heart conversation, and how we can start this conversation … I wish everyone a prosperous 2017. I also hope that we all can take a moment to care for the people around us.
Vague, confusing title. Or perhaps intriguing and poetic? Maybe both? Neither? Did you know that 1 in 10 people in the US is taking some form of psychiatric medication? Did you know that the US is one of only 2 countries in the world that allows direct to consumer drug advertising? When the Reagan administration was moving to pass legislation to first allow this advertising, the heads of many pharmaceutical companies actually opposed it. Pharma heads were indeed a different breed at that time. Slowly, slowly, one small decision at a time, one justification at a time, a whole culture shifts and a whole industry, …..well, darkens. Continue reading