Justin Townes Earle passed away yesterday. He was one of my favourite musicians. I didn't know him personally but I wanted to write something to acknowledge how much his music his meant to me, something I didn't fully realise until now. I saw him live at the Union Chapel in London in 2012. I sat … Continue reading Justin Townes Earle’s Vulnerability Was Beautiful.
Ironically, when I got back into writing this blog a few months back, I fully intended to post something positive about the Bon Appetit test kitchen. One of the few things that kept me somewhat sane during the writing of my dissertation was watching episode after episode of Gourmet Makes. Seeing Claire struggling with the … Continue reading Bon Appetit, The Ellen Show and The Fallacy of ‘Wholesome’ Brands.
I don't think I need to remind anyone that we're going through A TIME right now. This pandemic is terrifying and has exposed how incompetent and dangerous the Tory government is. It has violently elucidated the way systems of labour under capitalism work (or rather, don't). We undervalue absolutely essential, often arduous work, the work … Continue reading Finding Comfort At The End of The World.
It's been a little quiet around here thanks to a new job and the fact that I recently started writing another feature script. It's basically 'what if Sharp Objects but a bit gay and British'. I'm pretty jazzed about it. I'll maybe post some updates/writing journals here in the future, we'll see. I also do … Continue reading The Last Sun: A Terrible Book With Terrible World-Building.
This piece is inspired by Jim Sterling's recent videos on abuse within the games industry, especially relating to Naughty Dog and The Last of Us Part 2. He's great and his criticism is hugely necessary given the stifling and toxic nature of games media and the industry in general. So. Let's talk The Last of … Continue reading Video Games and The ‘High-Art’ Label.
Contributed this piece on Kelly Reichardt to my friends at A Fistful of Film. Check it out!
I recently finished a 13,000 word dissertation on American indie director Kelly Reichardt. It’s safe to say that I’m quite the fan of her work. Yet despite being a critically acclaimed regular on the festival circuit since ‘94 it still feels like she doesn’t get anywhere near enough attention. I’m sure there’s a gendered aspect to this-film discourse and auteur theory loves to valorise the supposed genius of (typically white cishet) male directors. It’s also true that her films are not always the most accessible or traditionally paced. They are meditative, anticlimactic stories of isolated figures moving through the American landscape. Yet look beneath the surface and these are films teeming with ideas and subtext. Queer repression, gendered hierarchies, economic degradation, turbulent political landscapes and the harmful innocence of white America are all touched on in ways subtle and everyday. Given my background with her work I figured I might…
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Last night it was announced that Hulu period drama Harlots is being cancelled after 3 seasons. If you've been following me on twitter for a while or read my post on my favourite shows of 2018, you'll know that I loved the first 2 seasons. For the uninitiated, it was a bawdy, kind of ridiculous … Continue reading One of My Favourite Shows Just Got Cancelled. I’m Glad.
Just a note. Most of these pieces are a bit more formal than this. However, I've recently decided to take a somewhat(?) permanent break from twitter and I wanted to explain that decision and my very complicated relationship with social media. I currently have articles in my drafts on true crime podcasts and Halt and … Continue reading My 10 Year Struggle With Social Media.
'We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable – but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art' -Ursula K Le Guin, 2014. (Deep sigh) So.........Yesterday a Beloved Children's Author continued her trend of sharing false, ignorant … Continue reading On Transphobes and Ursula K Le Guin.
Okay, so a disclaimer. Yes Pushing Daisies doesn't have any actual *canonical* queer characters but I'm more going to be talking about thematic queerness. I do totally understand the importance of championing great shows with "actual" LGBTQ+ rep. However, this case is really cool and I wanted to talk about it. Also, Pushing Daisies showrunner … Continue reading Pushing Daisies Is An Extremely Queer Show.