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By ScienceGeek on Writing, Depression and Learning How to Handle Attention: A Conversation with Allie Brosh

I used Allie's pain chart during childbirth. It worked really well, especially when I made the joyful discovery that I'm really susceptible to the Happy Gas. I'm lying in the bath, sucking down the gas whenever a contraction hits, and when my husband asks what my pain is like, I say (giggling) 'I see Jesus coming for me, but it's okay. Want some of my gas, JC?'. The midwive is very confused, so my husband is all, 'Uh, there's this website called hyperbole and a half, and there's a pain chart on it and..'
'Oh, I remember that one,' says the midwife. 'OK hun, let me know when the bear's mauling you.'
It was a Bonding Moment.

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 12:55 am 15

By TARDIStime on Writing, Depression and Learning How to Handle Attention: A Conversation with Allie Brosh

ALLIE!!! The ALOT alone is the greatest gift - you never have to respond to anything I ever send you, not even this comment, because you have already given me that.
And as someone who has a parent with depression (undiagnosed, but I can totally tell that's what it is) I really appreciate your candid discussion of the topic, and your post about what it's like to have it. It has really helped me and given me insight into my Mum's brain. It's vastly improved my relationship with her (see all you do for me?!), so you've already given so much. An internet comment is truly the least I can do for you.
Thank you.

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm 1

By Queen of Pickles on Writing, Depression and Learning How to Handle Attention: A Conversation with Allie Brosh

I was having a terrible day today and went to the Strand for my lunch break. They didn't have the Les Mis book I wanted, but at the information desk I saw Allie's book - which I'd known about - on display. The display copy had been snagged by another person, so I took the one under it. :)

There's this secret team of worthwhile people out there. Allie Brosh is on the team, I try to be on it, and a lot of people I know are on it. This team of people makes you feel saner and heard, just by being themselves and explaining their experience of things. It's not about being perfect at all - being impatient or sad or whatever is ok. It's just, somehow, the people on this team restore balance to the world and help things make sense - even if things don't always make sense to them.

It's a secret team because you don't know who's on it until you do - like the Allied spies in WWII. They're among us, being awesome, sometimes in private. And sometimes when things are hard and you're isolated, you wonder if you're still on the team, or if your transmissions are getting through. AND THEN you get a broadcast from another secret team member, or see a sign... and this book is like a big sign that the secret team still exists.

And so when I saw the book, I was like, "YES! Secret team member book, all right," and it is on my work desk now.

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 5:39 pm 8

By paper bag princess on Writing, Depression and Learning How to Handle Attention: A Conversation with Allie Brosh

I love Allie Brosh and Hyperbole and a Half so, so, so much. I got the book and it is obviously amazing but WHERE IS THE ALOT.

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 4:49 pm 1

By ru_ri on Writing, Depression and Learning How to Handle Attention: A Conversation with Allie Brosh

AAAAAAAAAAH! *muppet arms*
Interview with Allie Brosh has officially Made My Day. Thank you, I needed this.

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm 6

By Casanova Frankenstein on 10 Years, Actually

AND it's on netflix now, so you could (hypothetically) watch it every single day.

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 11:15 pm 1

By allofthewine on Friday Open Thread

@thatgirl Try to be more like the Bob Benson of advertising! Fake it til you make it. Congrats!

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm 9

By I'm Right on Top of that, Rose on "The Mortifying Ordeal of Being Known"

@Linette ...it is known

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm 2

By Linette on "The Mortifying Ordeal of Being Known"

@par_parenthese Goats = always relevant. It is known.

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm 8

By iceberg on "The Mortifying Ordeal of Being Known"

@queenofbithynia I dunno, I imagine myself quite capable of something along the lines of "isn't it nice some people have so much money they can use some of it for renting goats", while seething with palpable energy, obviously, especially if they were pygmy goats.

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 4:39 pm 16