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JT Welsch

Lecturer in English and Creative Industries at the University of York.

Parasite vs Anglocentrism

On 20th February, at a rally in Colorado, the US president Donald Trump bashed the Academy Awards’ choice of the 2019 South Korean film Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho, as winner of Best Picture, asking ‘what the hell was that all about?’

Cookbooks Only Get Butter With Age

Don’t we all love food? It’s not just a luxury but a necessity of life, however we seem to take it to extremes with the sheer number of cookbooks published each year. According to Amazon’s bestseller list, they are already dominating this year’s sales, with 5 currently residing in the top 10.

Who Owns a Shepherd’s Pie?

My mum makes a mean Shepherd’s Pie. The revered pie sits in my mother’s house, in my mother’s dish, on my mother’s chopping board. For all intents and purposes, it is entirely my mother’s work. Except it isn’t.

The Not So Original “Netflix Originals”

With so many adaptations popping up on the world’s most popular streaming service, are new series based on books helping our book economy? On the other hand, when every other Netflix production is based on a book, how does this speak to the creation of new films and series?

Are Celebrities Real Authors?

Publishing is competitive, ruthless and inherently flawed. At the same time, rather frustratingly, there is no clear solution. But one thing is clear: although celebrities are convenient scapegoats, it’s not their fault.