Watch now/again: How To Be You - Simone de Beauvoir & the Art of Authentic Living
Tanya Shadrick & Dr Skye Cleary in conversation (Thu 14 July, 6pm BST)
I’m pleased to offer you a recorded version of an Instagram Live I hosted to celebrate the UK launch of Dr Skye Cleary’s brilliant new book with Ebury/Penguin.
Philosopher and feminist Simone de Beauvoir makes brief but vivid appearances in The Cure for Sleep - my memoir of a late break from social constraints - and so I asked if I might read an advance of this book. I was so excited by the ideas in it, that I offered to share a launch conversation with Skye. I’m thrilled she said yes.
This talk explores radical ideas from de Beauvoir’s life and writing for those - like me - who have read just a few of her books, or know of her only by reputation as a ground-breaking woman who shared her life in an unusual way with fellow philosopher Jean Paul Sartre.
I asked Skye Cleary how de Beauvoir’s ideas help us in our own journeys to get free of the social constructs that bind and diminish us - even while, like de Beauvoir, we wish to show care and responsibility towards others?
I hope to offer you more free online talks of this kind over the coming seasons, so you can share in my excitement at discovering great new books on my passion subject of deliberate living.
With thanks to you as ever for being part of this growing (and very engaged!) Cure for Sleep community here on Substack
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