The Roundup 07.01.18
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.
WATCH: Black Mirror Season 4, 'Metalhead'
Black Mirror is best at its most ambiguous and apocalyptic, and the black and white wasteland of 'Metalhead' was the shakeup this season needed. Maxine Peake's stunning physical performance and the horrifyingly unexplained 'dogs' draw deserved parallels to Sigourney Weaver's Ripley in Alien. Check Anna's full review of the new series here.
Watch the trailer.
SCROLL: @agelessfilms on Instagram
Sooo The Roundup archives tell me this isn't the first Instagram recommend from yours truly, but at least I'm consistent. A mix of old film stills, vintage interview clips of your 90s faves and candid pap snaps, @agelessfilm is super well-researched and surely takes hours to curate. God bless whoever does though, as it's a totally soothing scroll.
LATE TO THE PARTY: 'Remembering Life in Arcosanti', Wired Magazine (April 2013)
I stumbled across a photo of Arcosanti this week and incorrectly assumed it was some sorta ruins somewhere Mediterranean. This comprehensive Wired piece explores the legacy of Arcosanti - a 1970s experiment in 'arcology', deep in the Arizonan desert. Paolo Soleri's arched structures and utopian ideas vision have both crumbled over time, but this piece is well worth a Sunday read.
Read the article here.
SUBSCRIBE: The Spoon
I don't really mean to do it this way, but most days I end up gleaning what's going on in the world via Twitter rather than from actual newspapers. It's not very efficient, and basically means I miss a lot. Enter The Spoon, an incredible and fairly new email service that sends you a clean, simple news roundup every morning. I started it this week as part of a New Year's Resolution to be more abreast of what's going on in the world, and I'm never going back.
LISTEN: Bruno Mars 'Finesse (Remix feat. Cardi B)
Well isn't this an absolute BOP! I'm not a huge Bruno Mars fan generally speaking, so I wasn't previously aware of this album track, but thanks to a coupla great verses from Queen Cardi and a truly great video 'Finesse' is now firmly on my radar. It's a total joy of a track, and Bruno's team have done a great job of really leaning into that late 80s / early 90s production by creating a throwback promo that feels DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince-ready.
Listen to the track here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: 'Women & Power: A Manifesto' by Mary Beard
I was given this little book as a Christmas present and devoured it in one sitting on one of those lazy days between Christmas and New Year. Over the course of two excellent essays (both of which started life as lectures), Beard tracks the millenia-long history of suppression of women's voices. For the Classics nerds (me), she starts with examples from ancient literature (The Odyssey, Roman tragedy, Ovid) and moves forward. Beard argues that where, in the past, women have had to ape the mannerisms of men in order to be perceived as powerful, we should now be moving towards a new way of understanding strength. Society must learn that power comes in many forms, and that although the power of a woman might manifest different from that of a man, there's no reason it should be any less potent.
Buy the book here.