In times of insecurity and turmoil, it’s good to have your happy place, especially if you encounter incomprehension as an artist, or when the internet jumps at you in an unguarded moment.

“Happy Place” by Max Baitinger collects stories about the search for balance in everyday life full of absurdities. In which doctors instruct machines to diagnose patients, and at the same time, you are asked by your computer whether you are a robot. Where you go to the sports studio to accept bruises for your health and where the grouchy tax system observes you through the window. In order not to lose your balance, it helps to start the day with yoga exercises and to take a deep breath. After all, you want to be ready to visit inspiration and intrusive people. And what if everything still ends up becoming too much? It’s simple: dream of your happy place and pet the animals.