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’24 hours with…’ is the most exhausting read on the internet

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In 1962, Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, his account of life in a Stalinist Gulag. Plot spoiler: it’s a pretty grim read.

In fact, it’s an unvarnished tale of monotony, cruelty and deprivation.

Mumbrella’s ’24 hours with…’ is a similar exercise to Solzhenitsyn’s: capture the essence of someone’s existence by recounting a day in the life.

Obviously, the tone and content tends be bit rosier for the subjects featured, largely because they’re not in a freezing Siberian internment camp on starvation rations.

However, with certain memorable exceptions, the days recounted are high-octane, diametrical opposites: happy, hyperactive days full of plate-spinning and Pilates.

They’re exhausting reads and they make me envious and horrified in equal measure.

Mumbrella’s “24 hours with… Kerwin Rae” was particularly notorious

Turns out I’m not alone. Some readers even feel impelled to share their friendly advice below the line. It’s often as generous and considered as your average YouTube comment or tweet.

Mumbrella’s readers are often forthright

I have a slightly different take. I point the finger at the sample, the task and the system, not the individual.

After all, what exactly........

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