Relatable Mock Self-Help Books By Instagram Artist: Critical Linking, December 18

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That’s because it’s really a work of book cover art by Instagram artist @JohanDeckmann, who’s page is dedicated to taking the most relatable thoughts and ideas and printing them into fake book covers, which he shares with his nearly 85,000 followers.

His mock self-help titles are so relatable, it’s actually a crying shame they’re not real books (though they are printed on old books from antique stores).

Mock self-help books feels very 2018.


The Khattak/Getty series comes as a beacon of hope amid the prevailing narrative of the other. “As a crime writer, I’m trying to tell stories that illuminate our common humanity, stories that demystify who Muslims are, what they believe and how they live,” Khan said. While right-wing populism demonises minorities and Muslims in particular, her writing breaks down this rhetoric. “In writing crime fiction that centres on identity – and how identity is a determinative factor in so many human rights abuses – I’m asking my readers to think about two things. Beginnings. And endings. It never begins with genocide, so it’s important to consider the trajectory of hate – not just its rhetoric, but its incremental, creeping policies. And then to ask, what is the endgame?”

Can’t recommend enough this procedural crime series which follows two Canadian detectives around the world. Seriously, it’s so good.


While watching the new animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – featuring Miles Morales’ big screen debut as the arachnid superhero – it’s reassuring to notice the subtle, yet transcendent details through which the creators ensured both parts of his cultural identity are present.

Miles (voiced by Shameik Moore), an Afro-Latino teen who lives in Brooklyn and first appeared in Marvel’s comics back in 2011, is the son of a Puerto Rican mother and an African-American father. The protagonist’s significance – when it comes to representation – cannot be overstated, making the fact that he and his mother (Rio Morales who’s voiced by Nuyorican actress Luna Lauren Velez) speak Spanish throughout the action-packed narrative truly momentous.

Espanglish for the win.

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