Anne Helen Petersen

Can't Even
  • Can't Even

  • An incendiary examination of burnout - what got us here, the pressures that sustain it and the need for drastic change

    Are you tired, stressed and trying your best but somehow it's never enough?

    Does your job seep into your evenings and your home life creep into your work?

    Does the bottom half of your To Do list feel unreachable?

    This is burnout and it is affecting how we work, parent, socialise and live.

    Through her own experience, original interviews and detailed analysis, Anne Helen Petersen traces the institutional and generational causes of burnout. And, in doing so, she helps us to let go of our guilt and imagine a possible future.

    'Genuinely enlightening... Can't Even is a reminder to the burned out generation that things can be different' Observer

A former senior culture writer for BuzzFeed News, Anne Helen Petersen now writes her newsletter, Culture Study, as a full-time venture on Substack. Petersen received her PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on the history of celebrity gossip. Her previous books, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud and Scandals of Classic Hollywood, were featured in NPR, Elle, and the Atlantic. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

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