The Roundup 01.04.18
It can be tough, when faced with the eat-sleep-work-repeat grind, to keep on top of capital C Culture. That's why, every Sunday, the Tung team has a lil tete-a-tete in which we discuss all the podcasts, articles, songs, films, and TV we've loved over the past week. We choose our favourites and package them up in The Roundup to save you the legwork.
LISTEN: CTRL ALT DELETE in conversation with Stacey Dooley
I’ve long been a fan of Emma Gannon’s Ctrl Alt Delete podcast in which she interviews interesting people about their careers and their lives online. In the latest episode, Emma has a conversation with one of Britain’s most loved documentary presenters Stacey Dooley. They discuss getting out of your comfort zone, how to deal with the people who ignored you at the beginning of your career but hit you up for favours now, and Stacey’s enduring adoration of Louis Theroux (to which we can 100% relate).
Listen to the podcast here.
READ: ‘The Case of the Very, Very Friendly Man Online’ by Caroline O’Donoghue on The Pool
In this excellent piece for The Pool, Caroline O’Donoghue expands on a tweet she sent earlier this week which posed a question to her women followers. She asked ‘have you ever unfriended/blocked a guy, not because their comments were offensive, but because the volume of comments made you feel constantly watched and profoundly uncomfortable?’ The response was a resounding, stomach-turning ‘YES.’ The expectation of a conversation or even a reply to a comment made online on social media is just another expression of entitlement, and we are tired of it.
Read the article here.
WATCH: Codey Babineaux find out he’s been accepted to Princeton
That suspense. That crowd. That reaction. We DEFY you to watch this and not have to have a happy little sob.
Watch the clip here.
WATCH: Maggie Rogers ‘Back In My Body’ Documentary via YouTube
Maggie Rogers is a special artist. Pharrell knew it when she played him ‘Alaska’ during a masterclass at the NYU Clive Davis Institute where she was a college student, and we know it now. This short documentary follows Maggie back to literal Alaska where she plays an acoustic set amongst the lakes and mountains, with only her best friends as her team. It paints a picture of a genuine and thoughtful person, who has the rare ability to connect with the world through her music. This is really worth a watch.
Watch the doc here.
READ: ‘Why I’m suing over my dream internship’ by Amalia Illgner in the Guardian
In this thoughtful article in the Guardian, Amalia Illgner argues that it’s time to put an end to a deeply unfair system that excludes the less privileged from the arts, media, and politics. Chances are you, dear reader, have fallen foul to internship culture in the UK. Perhaps you’ve gone unpaid for weeks on end, struggling to make ends meet, or perhaps you, like so many others before you, have had to turn down a golden opportunity because you simply couldn’t afford to work for nothing. It’s a bonkers system that works only for those with specific means (read: parents willing/able to significantly help you out) and it’s gotta stop.
Read the article here.
THREAD: @knucklebone on the “separate art from the artist” schtick
Some of the best things I read these days aren’t in books or newspapers but on Twitter. This thread, for example, lays out in just a few sentences a really important point — that only monsters are allowed the benefit of the doubt when it comes to “separating the art from the artist.” By contrast, @knucklebone argues, ‘if you’re gay, trans, a person of color, etc, that identity will be brandished at you by everyone no matter what you made.’ I’m forever grateful to people like this online who raise their voices and call BS on the arts industries so clearly and succinctly.
Read the thread here.