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Re-politicizing mental illness and embracing the weird.

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Re-politicizing mental illness and embracing the weird.

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    Distracted By The Dopamine Slot Machine

    Distracted By The Dopamine Slot Machine

    (This is a voice-over of an essay, which is full of links and sources if you want to learn more.)


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    • 14 min
    Creating New Climate Stories with Sarah Lewis

    Creating New Climate Stories with Sarah Lewis

    How do neurodivergent creatives function when we can’t executive function? What do we really mean when we say we want to be productive? And what does climate change have to do with our creative process?
    In this episode I talk to co-founder of Writer’s HQ and award-winning environmental journalist Sarah Lewis about the climate stories we tell and our struggles in telling them. Plus, Sarah explains what she thinks is missing from climate fiction these days, the limited kinds of apocalypse stories we hear, and what kind of stories we might want to try telling instead. At the end she also shares a juicy list of reading recommendations!
    Subscribe to follow her work at fictionalsarah.substack.com, or find her on basically any platform as fictionalsarah.
    For a transcript, check the tab on the web version of this post (but pls blame all typos on Substack’s AI, which created it)
    Links:
    * The inspo for this chat: Inner Worlds vs. Outer Worlds [Fictional Sarah]
    * We Need A New Word For Climate Change [Fictional Sarah]
    * When the Hero is the Problem by Rebecca Solnit
    * Joseph Campbell and the Myth of the Monomyth video essay by Maggie Mae Fish
    * Thrust by Lidia Yuknavitch
    * The Gondoliers by Karen Russell (read as a campfire story by The Woburn Public Library!)


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    • 44 min
    Getting to Know Rot with Cassandra Marketos

    Getting to Know Rot with Cassandra Marketos

    In this episode, I talk to compost practitioner and writer Cassandra Marketos about how composting can radically transform the way we look at the world. We get into the stigma around waste, why compost seems to scare so many people, the joy of learning from our intuition, the resilience and magic of a well-tended pile, and what it really means when we say that we’ve thrown something “away.”
    We also talk a bit about my own experiment composting dog poop (it works, I promise!) plus get into lots of practical advice about composting, including how to do it in a small space when you don’t have access to land.
    Cass has a composting guide coming out soon called Compost This Book, published by Apogee Graphics, but the release date is TBD, so subscribe to her newsletter The Rot for more info! I’ve included a selection of her writing below.
    Notes and links:
    * Episode transcript
    * Compost 101 collection [The Rot]
    * The bloody, urine-soaked, poop-filled history of compost [The Rot]
    * A gentle meditation on compost, love, and grief [The Rot]
    * On fungus and how to compost slowly [The Rot]
    * My essay on unexpected low-effort compost success
    * The Humanure Handbook by Joseph Jenkins [note: I strongly disagree with Jenkins’ statement about autism in this book, but there is a lot of helpful information otherwise]
    * USDA pdf on compost methods for working dog kennels
    * For more on my claim about floods causing sewage pollution, see this story about California and this one about Florida, or this fun fact from the book Disposable City about how often septic tanks fail when there’s even just a high tide in Miami!



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    • 55 min
    Art vs The DSM with Micha Frazer-Carroll

    Art vs The DSM with Micha Frazer-Carroll

    I’m starting an interview series — there are so many people whose brains I want to pick and a podcast feels like the perfect format for it. To kick off these conversations, I bring you a great chat I had with Micha Frazer-Carroll on her new book, Mad World: The Politics of Mental Health.
    Micha is a writer and editor based in London whose work focuses on the theme of liberation, and when she sent this book to me, I honestly screamed, because I’ve been waiting for something like this to exist. (Micha also quoted my work in this book which is to me, the highest honor, and I’m so excited to be included in a book that I love so much.)
    Mad World weaves together disability justice with mad studies and abolition to give us a political view of mental health that prioritizes solidarity, self-advocacy, and autonomy. What I love about it most is just how complicated it is — Micha gives us lots of questions with lots of different answers, and embraces the fact that there is a lot we can’t know, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work together to make change.
    This is an expansive conversation full of big ideas about the limits of rationality, the complicated nature of diagnosis, the liberating power of art, and all the big possibilities to be found in embracing disability and refusing to disavow each other in our political movements. I had so much fun chatting with Micha and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
    [episode transcript]
    Order Mad World (Pluto Press): www.bit.ly/madworldbook
    Follow Micha on Twitter and Instagram, or check out her website
    Mentioned in this episode:
    * Health Communism by Beatrice Adler-Bolton & Artie Vierkant
    * Black Disability Politics by Sami Schalk
    * Crip Theory by Robert McRuer
    * Lydia X.Z. Brown on disavowal (@ 37:00)
    * Toward an Informed Consent Model for All Drugs by Devon Price
    * Recovery In The Bin
    * The MadZines project
    * Making Mad History: Mad Pride 2022, by the Campaign for Psychiatric Abolition


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    • 59 min
    Does Adderall Prevent Car Crashes?

    Does Adderall Prevent Car Crashes?

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    Gray and I listened to the (extremely frustrating) Adderall episode of the podcast Science Vs and we got a little stuck on this thing they said about stimulants keeping people with ADHD from crashing their cars. So I dug up the citation they referenced and asked Gray to help me read the numbers, and we found that they left out some very inconvenient findings. Transcript with links and notes below.

    • 3 min
    I Can Do All Things Through Omnipotential Which Strengthens Me

    I Can Do All Things Through Omnipotential Which Strengthens Me

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    • 7 min

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