Revisiting the ‘Sunken Place’: Jordan Peele, W. E. B. Du Bois, and ‘Double Consciousness’

In one of recent cinema’s most disturbing scenes, a young man sits down for a casual chat with his new girlfriend’s mother, only to realise that she is slowly hypnotising him. Chris, (brilliantly played by British actor Daniel Kaluuya), can only watch in horror as he is dragged away from his own eye sockets, andContinue reading “Revisiting the ‘Sunken Place’: Jordan Peele, W. E. B. Du Bois, and ‘Double Consciousness’”

Nothing Gold Can Stay: The Disjointed Time of Robert Frost and Lana Del Rey

At this time of the year, when coats come out of the cupboard and leaves start to crisp on the trees, it becomes easier to imagine the sort of landscape that might have inspired Robert Frost’s 1923 poem, ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’: Nature’s first green is gold,Her hardest hue to hold.Her early leaf’s a flower;ButContinue reading “Nothing Gold Can Stay: The Disjointed Time of Robert Frost and Lana Del Rey”

Why We Need to Stop Labelling People

‘Describe yourself in three words’: a sentence which never fails to elicit a few groans and eye rolls in a room full of strangers, but something which we are probably all guilty of doing when we first meet someone. What colour is their hair? Where are they from? Is that the girl with the glasses,Continue reading “Why We Need to Stop Labelling People”

7 Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented by Women

Have you ever found yourself driving in the pouring rain and thinking: ‘Goodness me, it’s a good job I’ve got these fantastic windscreen wipers attached to my car, or else I wouldn’t be able to see a thing! I just wish I knew who to thank!’ No, you say? Perhaps you opened your fridge thisContinue reading “7 Things You Didn’t Know Were Invented by Women”

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Review/ Whatever Happened to Rory Gilmore?

I appreciate that substantial effort went into the making of the recent four-part Netflix series, ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’. Long-lost cast members returned from relative obscurity, writers brushed off their old writing pens, and once-abandoned sets were tended to once more. There was a lot of buzz around this series. I wasContinue reading “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Review/ Whatever Happened to Rory Gilmore?”

The Questions of Jessie Burton’s ‘The Muse’

I recently finished reading the latest book by Jessie Burton: The Muse. The plot is woven around two different artists at two different moments in time. The first is Odelle Bastien, who works in 1960s London as a typist at an art gallery, whilst secretly harbouring a great talent for writing herself. The second is OliveContinue reading “The Questions of Jessie Burton’s ‘The Muse’”

Quiz: Which Wes Anderson Film Should You Watch Tonight?

Keep track of your answers and add them up at the end for your results! (All outcomes based upon a highly scientific algorithm). 1. Pick an accessory… a) A red woolly hat b) A fur coat/ cigarette combo c) A set of personalised luggage d) A beret e) A moustache f) A Davy Crockett hat 2.Continue reading “Quiz: Which Wes Anderson Film Should You Watch Tonight?”