The Roundup 04.02.18
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 leg work.
READ: “Have The Chicken Nugget & Move On”: A Conversation On Food Anxiety With Ruby Tandoh (via Refinery 29)
I’ve been thinking a lot about my failed vegetarianism recently, and the effect restriction of certain food groups has on my relationship with food more generally. With the failure to eat ‘clean’ comes guilt - even shame - and suddenly doughnuts aren’t a joyful treat, but a sugary death-bun. My fave food writer Ruby Tandoh (whose new book Eat Up! I’m currently devouring) is working to bring the fun back to food, and this conversation between her and Refinery 29’s Sadhbh O'Sullivan made me feel a lot better about just eating what I want when I want. I recommend reading it while working your way through a stack of buttery toast.
Read the conversation here.
LISTEN: The Effect by Lucy Prebble, on BBC Radio 3
This week my commute was improved immeasurably by the Radio 3 performance of Lucy Prebble’s 2012 play The Effect. It’s the story of love in a controlled climate - two participants in a closed medical trial fall for each other, but is it the real thing, or just a side-effect of the drugs they may or may not have been given? Jessie Buckley and Damien Maloney in the lead roles both made me sob a bit on the Northern line.
Listen to the play here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Search Party Season One
I totally missed this one until pretty much everyone else had already watched Season 2, but HI HELLO this is one of my favourite new shows. When Dory Sief (played by the excellent Alia Shawkat) discovers that her college acquaintance Chantal Witherbottom has come missing, she tries to bring meaning to her own life by finding her. Dory leads her boyfriend and two best friends into increasingly ridiculous situations, all to rescue someone she barely even knows. It’s both a keenly observed satire of self-obsessed millennial life and a detective story and serves up a chilling finale that I did not see coming.
Watch the show on All4 here.
LISTEN: Rae Morris, Someone Out There
I’m surprised by how much I like this album. British pop-sensation Rae Morris is probably best known for 2015’s played-to-death ‘Under The Shadows’, but she’s not that artist any more. Album opener ‘Push Me To My Limit’ is a statement of intent for the rest of the album - it’s a skilfully crafted ballad that demonstrates Morris’ growth. She’s ditched the drudgery of album one and, on Someone Out There, has shown she’s capable of a much more confident, cinematic sound.
READ: Justin Timberlake Man Of The Woods Review, New York Times
Man Of The Woods is out, the reviews are in, and they’re not pretty. Oh Justin, why couldn’t you have bowed out after The 20/20 Experience? Sure, it wasn’t perfect, but it was better than this totally unnecessary, wet fart of an album. Joe Caramancia of the New York Times puts it best when he writes ‘We are now approaching the 12th year of the national delusion that Justin Timberlake remains an essential pop star.’ Between this and forthcoming Woody Allen film, better decisions are needed from JT all round.
Read the review here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Icarus
This week I watched Netflix’s Oscar-nominated documentary Icarus. Set against the backdrop of the Russian doping scandal, Icarus explores the ease with which anti-doping laws are bypassed by everyone - yes, everyone - and in every sport - yes, every - sport. The relationship between director Bryan Fogel and Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov is fascinating, and Grigory’s deterioration from alpha male to cowering victim is a real eye-opener. He’s a crook for sure, but I couldn’t help finding his ability to conjure up a 1984 quote for all occasions oddly endearing.
Watch the trailer here.