The Roundup 18.02.18
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 legwork.
WATCH: Queer Eye (via Netflix)
Guys, Queer Eye is BACK. Having run originally from 2003-2006 before getting a Netflix reboot this year, Queer Eye follows the Fab Five, a group of gay men who makeover a (usually) straight man. I’ve watched 3/8 eps and oh how I have laughed and cried in equal measure. The Fab Five treat each of their subjects with so much respect and tenderness as they help them reinvigorate their homes, their diets, their physical appearances, preaching self-care and self-love as they go - give it a go if you’re into watching people be genuinely lovely to each other.
Watch the trailer here.
LISTEN: Love Stories with Dolly Alderton
Long-time readers of The Tung will know that we’re a little bit in love with Dolly Alderton. We’ve recently supplemented our loyal discipleship of The High Low (the podcast she hosts with fellow journalist Pandora Sykes) with her new memoir Everything I Know About Love, but why stop there eh? On her new podcast mini-series Love Stories, Dolly discusses love - both romantic and otherwise - with guests like Vanessa Kirby, Cosmo Landesman and Ruby Tandoh. Like her writing, Love Stories is intimate and nuanced, with the effect of allowing its listeners to feel like flies on the wall of a cosy living room, the setting of a private conversation held between two friends over a bottle of wine.
Subscribe to the podcast here.
READ: ‘Pushing back: why it’s time for women to rewrite the story’ by Sarah Churchwell in The Guardian
The term ‘gas lighting’ has come in handy in recent years. Having sprung first from the 1938 play Gas Light - a husband tricks his wife into believing that she is imagining the nightly dimming of the house lights, when in fact he’s the one dimming them - the phrase has worked its way back into contemporary parlance. It’s used now, as Churchwell eloquently puts it, ‘as a metaphor for the cultural sabotage of women’s perceptions. Throughout the piece, Churchwell tracks the persistence of such sabotage through literature and film to politics and the #MeToo campaign. We need to recognise what’s happening, she argues, or the same tricks will continue unchecked.
Read the article here.
READ: 'Slutever' by Karley Sciortino
I've been following Karley online for years, collecting her anecdotes and forgetting she's not actually my pal. The announcement of her first book - both slut manifesto and intimate memoir - was one of those immediate Amazon pre-order moments. Karley writes with real nuance about how to navigate life as a 21st century slut, deconstructing stigmas and taboo one page at a time.
Lighten up and get a copy here.
READ: 'In Her Own Words: Lena Dunham On Her Decision To Have A Hysterectomy At 31' in Vogue
I'm no Lena loyalist - in fact, I find her quite problematic. That being said, in writing a piece like this one she's doing for wombs what Angelina did for boobs and Jade Goody did for smear tests, so power to her. In December I had my first encounter with real pain and the panic of trying to convey that pain to doctors when you look outwardly healthy - it's no joke. Lena's piece is a thoughtful, beautifully written take on what happens when pain removes your choices, and the uncomfortably persistent tie between biology and 'womanhood'.
Read the article here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Tonya Harding
In the 2010's drama hellscape we live in, celebrity 'news' is also just - the news (whatever, I know you watched Kylie's baby announcement too). Clearly needing a new fix I recently stumbled across old footage of Tonya Harding, no doubt experiencing a renaissance in advance of the upcoming biopic, I, Tonya. Look, I don't wanna spoil anything, but this clip from the 1994 Olympics is as gripping as any Kim K feud with a Taylor Swift.