The Roundup 18.03.18
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.
READ: The Cambridge Analytica Files, The Guardian
So the current political era is pretty wild - this isn't news. What's scary, however, is how much we're becoming de-sensitised to the insanity. The whole Cambridge Analytica/Steve Bannon saga is something most of us can mumble about at dinner parties, but the reality of what went down is murky. In short: a cultural propaganda weapon was made using our data and the result is Trump and Brexit and all sortsa treats. Watch the video with whistleblower Christopher Wylie here.
Read the article here.
LISTEN: Savage Lovecast with Dan Savage
Ok so as much as I care about data leaks and political corruption, I also REALLY care about the argument that girl on the bus is having with her boyfriend. Thankfully Dan Savage is here to satisfy my interest in the tangled mess of people's intimate lives with his sex and relationship podcast. There's something so soothing about a rando in New York leaving a voicemail about their orgy anxiety, and Dan always delivers a perfect balance of respectful advice and no-nonsense sass.
Listen to the podcast here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: The Cher Show
Who decided we didn't love Cher anymore?! Yeah she went a little kooky in the 90s, Burlesque is a shocking film and her tweets are a mess but hot damn, whatta queen. The Cher Show was broadcast in the 70s, and it's basically hours of Cher wearing very little and singing duets with her faves, from Bowie to Jackson.
This sassy lil number with Raquel Welsh (!?) is an excellent place to start.
WATCH: Annihilation (via Netflix)
Okay so in last week’s Roundup I included an interview with Annihilation director Alex Garland in which he lamented the politics which prevented his movie from getting a UK cinema release, and now I know why he was so pissed off. I’m no sci-fi buff, but this has surely got to be up there with some of the best. Whatever it’s Rotten Tomatoes ranking (currently 87%, so I can’t be too far off the mark), Annihilation is a film that absolutely deserves better than to be watched on an 11-inch laptop screen. Natalie Portman is electrifying, that air-born oil slick is mesmerising, that skull bear is…no spoilers but oh my sweet lord lemme know when you’ve watched it I need to talk about that and the fact that I watched it at midnight on my own which was a misTAKE.
READ: Elena Ferrante: ‘Even today, after a century of feminism, we can’t fully be ourselves’ in The Guardian
I’ve rarely been so affected by any writing as when I devoured Elena Ferrante’s extraordinary Neopolitan Novels a few years ago, so a little buzz of excitement always pulses through me whenever I see her name pop up. In this short piece for The Guardian, translated from the Italian by her trusted colleague Ann Goldstein, Ferrante writes of the continued oppression of women under the patriarchal structures of our Western society. It’s ground she’s covered before in her novels Neopolitan and otherwise, but it’s still useful to be reminded, in prose as fluid as Ferrante’s, that ‘Even today, after a century of feminism, we can’t fully be ourselves, don’t belong to ourselves,’ just so we don’t get complacent.
Read the article here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Actors on Actors - Timothee Chalamet and Daniel Kaluuya
I think we all know how easy it is to fall down a YouTube rabbit hole (right?!). I've been doing that a lot lately thanks to the God forsaken YouTube Recommends on the homepage that I swear exists solely to distract me from whatever I'm supposed to be doing. Recently though, in the wake of a long evening watching Oscars speeches, it threw up a little gem. The whole series is actually really great, but this genuine and generous conversation between my two current crushes Chalamet and Kaluuya is a good place to start.