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”