'To write, to read — these are beautiful and slow activities, but in this part of the world – pandemics aside – the character of our lives is less and less amenable to such pursuits. Boredom is to be fled from, and can be! Reading versus Netflix? '
The stereotype of the tortured artist has long been perpetuated in literature and the media. Here, Pamela Scobie describes how eating disorders robbed her of the ability to write and how she found her voice in recovery, and questions the connections between mental illness and creativity.