Humans have a particular penchant for ignoring information we would rather not hear. Intellectually we might know livestock emissions count for around 14.5% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Or that Beef alone accounts for 60% of global deforestation. And yet, we all hate Vegans.
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?’
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.
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.
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?
Since before the launch of Pokemon Sword and Shield, there has been a lot of controversy over the decision to cut certain Pokemon from the game. This marked a first for the series, as in previous games all Pokemon were included.
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.
Netflix’s Sex Education is created by Laurie Nunn. Her approach to sex and relationships discourse is refreshingly candid. Hormonal and inquisitive teenagers approach the show’s boy genius ‘sex wizard’ for advice. Otis has absorbed sexual health advice from his mother, a sex therapist. He dishes out guidance to the teens at Moordale High.
‘We need some more girls in here, there’s too many men!’: the shameful representation of female acts at UK music festivals
Last week Reading & Leeds announced their 2020 line up and it went viral, but for all the wrong reasons. The iconic festival that has hosted some of Britain’s greatest artists has fallen under heavy criticism for its blatant lack of female representation.
I used to have enough books to fill two tall bookshelves. In the summer of 2017, I donated almost all of them. It might seem like a bizarre twist of logic but getting rid of my books made me more of a reader.