Tag: Essay

The Role of the Middle-Aged White Man by Benjamin Myers

The role of the middle-aged white man? The role of the middle-aged white man is to shut his mouth and step aside. The role of the middle-aged white man is to not practice his saxophone in a studio flat. The role of the middle-aged white man is clear the lane and make space for the

Continue reading

ESSAY: Call Me By Your Name vs Enigma Variations by Christa Wojciechowski

After reading the first few paragraphs of Call me By Your Name, I was like a starved woman shoving food into my mouth as fast I could. André Aciman is the writer of love that I have been waiting for all my life, since I was a girl who read Marguerite Duras and felt the

Continue reading

GUEST POST: Authorial Desire Vs. Reality: How Important is Fidelity to the Truth? By Glen James Brown

The axiom ‘write what you know’ is a limiting one and fiction, I feel, should be about stepping beyond your own experience. A few years ago, I began writing a novel about social housing, industry and popular culture from the 1950s onwards, and as I was born in 1982 serious research was required. But how

Continue reading

NON-FICTION: The Instinct of a Church Mouse by Devin Lane Welch

We stole our first vehicle at fourteen. It was our grandfather’s ’94 Chevy pickup, and Pete and I took it every night that summer without license and without permission. We’d cruise the suburbs, sometimes meeting up with girls down the road or to grab milkshakes at the 24-hour drive-thru. Anything we could think of really,

Continue reading

NON-FICTION: A Life Like Everybody Else’s by Christine A. Brooks

Once upon a time, a young girl, skinnier than most, plucked clay pigeons off the ground of a mostly empty rifle range while her father poured himself another beer at the lodge down the hill, just out of sight. As the brisk wind turned her spindly arms to chicken skin, she wished for a life

Continue reading

NON-FICTION: Teacher, Terrorist, Patriot by Susan Bloch

  24 July 1964: 4:18 p.m. A man carrying a suitcase rushes down the stairs to the crowded Whites Only platformohannesburg train station. Looking straight ahead, he runs his hands through his floppy fringe and mops the sweat off his brow with the sleeve of his tweed jacket. The man bends down, sets the shabby

Continue reading

FILM ARTICLE: IN THE BLOOD, an essay on the film ‘Hereditary’

  (WARNING! The following article contains many spoilers for the film ‘Hereditary’ Consider this your first and last warning!) A generational curse bleeds through Hereditary, Ari Aster’s feature length debut, and candidate for most unsettling film of 2018. When Annie’s (Toni Collette) mother dies, horrific events begin plaguing the family, and as Annie seeks a

Continue reading

Clever Girl: A Feminist Interpretation of Jurassic Park

There is no unauthorised breeding in Jurassic Park Lurking away under the surface of the well-loved roller-coaster ride that is the brilliant Jurassic Park (1993) film, lies a recurrent phobia of something even more frightening than giant pre-historic predatory dinosaurs: feminism. The film is dense with references to the female body and, more specifically, controlled

Continue reading

NON-FICTION: The Aftermath: A chain of events after the 1986 Chernobyl electrical explosion

The 1986 Chernobyl electrical explosion revealed the deficiencies, ignorance, and complacency within the Soviet political and administrative system, as well as one Ukrainian family’s intuitive and uneasy response to a radioactive chain of events. April 26, 1986. A mismanaged electrical-engineering experiment was about to take place at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Engineers with little knowledge

Continue reading

FILM ARTICLE: Alone in The Dark (Single Mothers in Horror)

In the 2002 Japanese horror Dark Water, Yoshimi, a single parent, moves with her daughter into a small apartment block whilst undergoing a particularly nasty custody battle. They are haunted by the spirit of a missing girl who used to live in the upstairs apartment, manifesting itself as titular dark water, leaking, then gushing into

Continue reading