I met with Arthur to talk writing, dating, and all things vague.

Your articles all follow a social theme. Have you always been socially aware growing up? 

I don’t know if I’ve ever described myself as socially aware before. I suppose I would like to think that I am, but I guess I’m socially aware within my own little bubble. If you place me in a situation outside of my comfort zone it would be interesting to see if I would still be socially aware, knowing how to react to everything in the right way. I try to understand different people’s viewpoints, even if it’s not something that I agree with but I’m still very true to my own thoughts and feelings. I think part of being socially aware is being able to just express that and just be yourself. If you do that you can’t really lose.


In The D Word. you talked about depression. Is it fair to say that our careful curation of social media profiles have the ability to stop us from opening up about depression?

I think it depends on the way you want people to see you. If you want people to see you as someone who has it together all the time and has a perfect life, if that’s true, then fair enough and that’s great for you. But it depends on how much you’re willing to share with people. For me, there’s no point in denying that that’s going on because it’s a part of my life, so I’ve just kind of acknowledged that. But that doesn’t mean everyone has to either. If you want to just show the best parts of your life when you’re having fun, and scroll back through your Instagram and have only happy memories then that’s great, there’s nothing wrong with either way, it’s just all about how you want to be perceived by people I suppose.