The Roundup 01.07.18
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.
THINK ABOUT: Big Dick Energy
Is this... a meme? I would say 'read' usually, but there's so much and also nothing useful on the topic bar this Broadly piece from the creator Kyrell Grant (@imbobswaget). Being the inventor of the phrase 'big dick energy' is actually something I'm super jeal of. Kyrell is super chill though and says the concept came about after the death of Anthony Bourdain, who definitely had BDE. So does Beyoncé, fyi. It's a gender neutral thing. Go think about it.
Read the Broadly piece here.
READ: 'Malevolent, martyr or moron? Unpicking Melania Trump', Financial Times
The FT is not my go-to for opinion pieces, more fool me, but this analysis of Melania was too tempting. I'm honestly so mad I can't suss her out, but Jo Ellison's study has led me further down the 'moron' path. Sorry Mel. The 'I don't really care do u?' jacket after visiting a child detention centre was just so wild I can't believe she'd do it intentionally. No excuses obvs, but accepting she's maybe not the sharpest FLOTUS around helps soothe the burn of my outrage.
Read the piece here.
LISTEN: 'The End Of Love', Florence + The Machine
Ok so you gotta wait up for the full review coming tomorrow, but if you listen to one track from Florence's new album, make it 'The End Of Love'. Something about lines like 'we were reaching in the dark / that summer in New York' in a minor key with Florence going full gospel makes me wanna weep. Reading the notes on Genius and realising the lyrics are literal and I'm a mess.
Listen to the track here.
WATCH: Danny Dyer on Good Morning Britain
I mean, we’ve all seen the clip in which Danny Dyer called David Cameron a ‘twat’ live on air not once but twice, but have you watched the full interview? I have, and I’ve come to the conclusion that Dyer is not only an excellent man but a cool parent. Check the clip below to see him speak about his daughter Dani’s Love Island experience and take on Piers Morgan’s elitist commentary — has he been reading our recent Love Island piece?! We’ll pretend he has.
Watch the clip here.
READ: ‘Don’t drop the mic: why music college SoundSkool must not be silenced’ in the Guardian
This is a really disheartening read, but an important one nonetheless. Ciaran Thapar reports that a groundbreaking music college based in Enfield has lost its funding, and faces closure after 10 years of providing its students with a musical education. The number of UK secondary schools whose budget is in deficit has trebled over the last four years, and the loss of a programme like SoundSkool which offers musical education and stability to those with limited options for staying in formal education will be keenly felt. Sadiq Khan’s Young Londoners Fund could help, but it’s very much a plaster pressed over a much larger problem.
Read the piece here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Yeah yeah yeah I know, me and every other millennial ever, right? Well, guys, lemme tell ya, ugly-trainer-trend aside for a sec, millennials have great taste. The late journalist, writer, and film maker’s 1983 novel is a masterclass in the slow burn. I don’t mean that it takes a while to get going, but rather that it’s an often moving, always funny take-down of a philandering, pathetic husband v v v much akin to that of Ephron’s own ex. She literally hangs him out to dry, and figures out how to be okay again along the way.
Buy the book here.