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Searching for the human

Women by Annie Leibovitz My rating: 3 of 5 stars In advanced consumer societies, these ‘narcissistic’ values are more and more the concern of men as well. But male primping never loosens the lock on initiative taking. Indeed, glorying in one’s appearance is an ancient warrior’s pleasure, an expression of power, an instrument of dominance.… Continue reading Searching for the human

Books · General philosophising · Performance & Arts · Political

The myth of meritocracy & its discontents

Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’ve read other books by de Botton and (unlike some readers) enjoyed his chatty style and self-deprecating anecdotes. This book is less personal and has more of an essay feel, but the modus operandi is still graceful, readable synthesis and organisation of material… Continue reading The myth of meritocracy & its discontents

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Something good cooking

Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness by Rebecca Walker My rating: 4 of 5 stars I eat a huge, elaborate breakfast of oats, yogurt, luxurious dried fruits like dates, figs and apricots, nuts, fresh fruit, honey, cinnamon and herbal tea every morning, followed up with chocolate. While I’m lounging around wishing I’d been more… Continue reading Something good cooking

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Framing the World

Through the Lens: National Geographic’s Greatest Photographs by National Geographic Society My rating: 2 of 5 stars This book is divided into sections on Europe, Asia, Africa & The Middle East, The Americas, Oceans & Isles and The Universe. Most of the introductory text is written in a bizarre sweeping style of Earth-for-aliens from a… Continue reading Framing the World

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Complicity with the Invaders

Magnum Landscape by Ian Jeffrey My rating: 4 of 5 stars I am beginning to feel there is something wrong with the concept of landscape. In the concluding essay of this book Henri Peretz writes: Certain cultures are ignorant of the very word ‘landscape’, while others, like the European culture, use the term constantly and… Continue reading Complicity with the Invaders

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#EightWomen – Your Vote Counts

Originally posted on Media Diversified:
by Rudy Katoch Today we launch our #EightWomen Poll. 134 Notable Women of Colour, all successful in their fields, all have made a difference – but who would you vote has changed the U.K? The eight women will be revealed at Media Diversity UK’s launch event in late November. You…

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Don’t Look Back in Patriarchy

In my opinion, Osborne’s classic was mainly white-boy bluster. I much prefer this: A Taste of Honey (Student Editions) by Shelagh Delaney My rating: 4 of 5 stars Delaney wrote this little play, about a working class mother and daughter struggling in Manchester when she was only 18. Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop developed and produced… Continue reading Don’t Look Back in Patriarchy

Education · Performance & Arts · Whiteness & racism

Top Boy and Black Stories

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By Damilola Odelola Top Boy returned for its second season in September, after a year-long hiatus, it resumed a comfortable spot. The story follows a group of young (and sometimes older) people on a fictional Hackney estate, Summerhouse, involved with drug dealing and gang violence. During it’s first season, it was…