The Roundup 14.01.18
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: Dua Lipa’s ‘IDGAF’ video
Dua Lipa has had the most incredible last couple of days. Just yesterday, it was revealed that she leads the charge with a massive five BRIT nominations, beating off competition from Ed Sheeran (there is a god) and making history as the first ever woman to have received the nod in so many categories. Only the day before, she’d released her video for ‘IDGAF,’ a highly stylised clip which sees two sides of Dua fight it out, only to realise that true self-love comes with self-acceptance. It’s a powerful relative of last year’s ‘New Rules’ video, and is representative of a new wave of young women putting self-love and girl-love above anything else.
Watch the video here
READ: Katie Way, ’I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life’ (via babe.net)
This is a horrible read, but an important one if you can manage it. 22 year old photographer Grace has been interviewed by Katie Way for babe.net about a date with comedian Aziz Ansari which ended in alleged sexual assault. It’s a stomach-turning read, and what makes it all the more galling is that, at this point, an allegation like this isn’t even much of a surpise. Grace has been enormously brave in coming forward with her story, and it should be a reminder to us that just because a man wears a ‘Times Up’ badge, does not mean that isn’t part of the problem.
Read the article here.
BLAST FROM THE PAST: His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
I’m a bit late on the La Belle Sauvage bandwagon (no doubt excellent fodder for a ‘Late To The Party’ roundup item in a month or two), but over Christmas I decided to prepare myself to discover a new slice of Lyra’s world by rediscovering an old one. Guys, I think these three books are my favourite pieces of literature ever? It’s literally got it all. Infusions of classical epic?: check. References to Paradise Lost?: check. A brutal takedown of the hypocrisy and greed of the Catholic church?: check check check. I’m never reading a book written solely for adults ever again.
Buy the books here.
LISTEN: Charlie Brooker, 'Desert Island Discs', podcast and BBC Radio 4
Brits who rise to Charlie Brooker's level of weird infamy (married to a Blue Peter presenter, yet known by Americans!?)' must by law be interrogated by Kirsty Young, in order for us to figure them out. Charlie is so charmingly mellow and unpretentious I simply refuse to believe he wrote Black Mirror. Not that he talks much about that - tune in for chat on babies, insecurities, and some insane musical choices.
Listen to the show here.
READ: 'Let Me Interrupt Your Expertise With My Confidence', Jason Adam Katzenstein cartoon, The New Yorker
The phrase 'mansplaining' has lost some of its impact recently, becoming the butt of tired jokes, removed from how fucking irritating it is. This New Yorker cartoon is the best explainer for how damn tedious mansplaining is, and the response from men on Twitter was spectacularly ignorant - see this Bustle piece for the best of the worst.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Google Arts & Culture App
In what is surely the first tech recommendation from The Tung (let us live!), this app has apparently been knocking about for four years, and wow what a wealth of info. Check it out for the lowdown on any painting worth knowing, gallery guides, and hundreds of handy articles. Oh and a cute selfie feature which tells you who you look like in different paintings because 2018. High-low at its best.
Download the app here.