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Saturday 21st September 2019
Holly MC Thomas

Holly MC Thomas

Holly is a freelance writer and editor based in London. She writes regularly for CNN and The New Statesman, among others.

Five self-care podcasts everyone needs to listen to

I find the term ‘self-care’ irritating. This is partly because, like words such as ‘wellness,’ ‘fierce’ and even ‘health,’ it’s often tossed around gratuitously by people less interested in its meaning than in associated self-promotion. I strongly endorse the principle of being kind to oneself, but, like many forms of personal development, self-care has been…

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You can’t know someone until you live with them

Living with people you don’t know is not unusual per se. In London, insane rent and a constant influx of new people make it an inevitability for many. This was the case for me. I am very lucky to know friends all over my beloved city. But I spent much of my early twenties broke…

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Can you separate the artist from his art when he is a money-spinning predator?

One of the questions that has popped up again and again since the advent of #MeToo is: can you separate a predator from their art? Historically, the answer has been yes – as long as that art is considered good, and it makes money. The release of Leaving Neverland, a documentary detailing historic allegations of…

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The true cost to women of Russell Brand’s toxic masculinity

In his recent interview with the Sunday Times, Russell Brand explained why he was not a hands-on parent to his two baby daughters. “I’m sensitive and awake and aware,” he said, “so I have to dial a lot of shit down to go through normal life.” It’s an interesting feat of intellectual gymnastics. The inference that…

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What I talk about when I talk about jogging slowly

I wasn’t a popular child. This was never more obvious than during PE, where the combination of my reputation as a boffin and the fact that I was comprehensively terrible at sports meant every lesson I was unable to skip due to “tonsillitis” became an interminable exercise in doing the bare minimum, and having no-one…

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