Episode 104

Suswati Basu is a multilingual disabled journalist, mental health books show podcast host, and award-winning activist. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post, and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 News, and ITV News. She has worked in China, India, and the UK and currently writes on a freelance basis. As a result, she speaks multiple languages including Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi, and Bengali. Suswati has also appeared on BBC Radio’s Woman’s Hour with Jenni Murray as well as BBC News, speaking in regard to feminist issues. As a survivor and thriver from trauma, living with both mental health and physical disabilities, she began the How To Be… podcast looking at helping mental wellbeing through reading and interviewing authors. 

Suswati joined me today to talk about Albert Camus’ “The Stranger,” a classic of Existentialist literature, featuring a disconnected main character who faces consequences for a violent action he committed, even though he evidently has no concept of consequences, violence, or feelings. If you’re my age and you grew up in the States, you probably read this in your high school English class, and all I can tell you is that it’s a totally different book now.

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Guest: Suswati Basu
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Discussed in this episode:
The Stranger by Albert Camus
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
1984 by George Orwell
Haramacy: A Collecgtion of Stories Prescribed by Voices from the Middle East, South Asian, and the Diaspora by Zahed Sultan
Energize: Make the Most of Every Moment by Simon Alexander Ong
How to Be Sad: Everything I’ve Learned About Getting Happier by Being Sad by Helen Russell
The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country by Helen Russell
Stronger: Changing Everything I Knew About Women’s Health by Poorna Bell

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