'Brex-lit': Social tensions inspire British novelists LONDON, United Kingdom — With Britain's decision to leave the EU exposing fault lines across society, fiction writers are responding with an increasing array of Brexit-infused work -- from state-of-the-nation novels to futuristic satire. Brexit's influence has spread to books by established authors like Ali Smith and Jonathan Coe as well as those of debut novelists, pushing writers to examine often overlooked parts of the country and social themes. The genre -- dubbed "Brex-lit" by the Financial Times -- spans dystopian visions based on the angst of europhiles and more reflective novels probing the apparent divides. "I have noticed that in the last few years, more and more (submissions) tend to be either fairly dark dystopia or relatively young nostalgia," Daniel Hiscocks, the founder of a small, independent publishing house, told AFP. "I see this as reflective of where, increasingly, pub … [Read more...] about ‘Brex-lit’: Social tensions inspire British novelists
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Just as Lolit Solis and I were coming out of Manila House at BGC last Tuesday after lunch with friends, guess who we would bump into at the driveway while we were waiting for our Grab ride — yes, Korina Sanchez who looked even more refreshingly young-looking than she does on her Belo billboards. While we were shooting the breeze with Korina, I got a text message from James Yap replying to my earlier inquiry if he had already chosen a name (none yet) for his second child (a girl) with his current partner. “Nanganak na ba?” asked Korina. I told her that the due date is in June, two months before James’ son Michael James (MJ) turns two years old. “Paano kung kunin kang ninang sa binyag ng bagong baby?” we kidded Korina. Korina said, “Why not?” and laughed. Texted if he would invite Korina as a godmother, James laughed, “Sino maysabi? Hahaha!” Come to think of it, why not nga naman? Mareng Korina, Pareng James. Sounds good, … [Read more...] about Mareng Korina, Pareng James? Why not!
By Jennifer Breheny Wallace The Washington Post Wed., March 7, 2018 When people talk about harmful stress — the kind that can affect health — they usually point to big, life-changing events, such as the death of a loved one. A growing body of research suggests that minor, everyday stress — caused by flight delays, traffic jams, cellphones that run out of battery during an important call, etc. — can harm health, too, and even shorten life spans. One traffic jam a week isn’t going to kill you, of course. Psychologists say it’s the non-stop strains of everyday life that can add up. “These hassles can have a big impact on physical health and well-being, particularly when they accumulate and we don’t have time to recover from one problem before another hits us,” says California-based psychologist Melanie Greenberg, author of The Stress-Proof Brain. Read More: How workplace stress is shortening lives Toxic stress … [Read more...] about Even the small stresses of daily life can hurt your health