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Matt Campbell’s ‘Activities for the Apocalypse’ starts with a lamp. An antique light inherited from a relative. The item appears increasingly tired to the author’s eyes. He confesses to us that simply out of sheer boredom, he spray-painted it yellow. A lightbulb moment in a number of ways, if you’ll pardon the idiom.

Firstly, this domestic project inspired him to restore more furniture in similar ways, imbuing colour and vibrance into the objects of everyday life. The creative impulse is one of entertainment for the author and the results are a continuing source of satisfaction in his life. Vitally, the author tells us this rejuvenating act illuminated in him a compulsion to write this book. I think this image serves another symbolic purpose too. A reminder that the words he has created are light, fanciful gestures to us, and that they are performed with hope to stir motivation in us and to entertain us. These motivations could be primal or cultivated; to feel, to create, to connect, or simply to think, but nonetheless they are all conjured by a book which is hopeful and largely successful in affecting its readers.

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