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.
Joan Didion: The Centre Will Not Hold (via Netflix)
This week Netflix premiered the first and only Joan Didion doc, created and directed by her nephew Griffin Dunne. For those of us even medium-well versed in Didion’s writing, it doesn’t offer a whole bunch of new information, but it does allow us to spend some time with Didion herself in all her brittle, acerbic, arm-flailing glory. It’s honestly worth a watch for her chilling two second commentary on the final vignette of Slouching Towards Bethlehem alone.
Watch the doc here.
Harvey Weinstein and The Economics Of Consent by Brit Marling (via theatlantic.com)
Sorry not sorry for another HW piece but this conversation is important and we need to keep the ball rolling. The OA creator and actor Brit Marling addresses the inadequacy of the binary idea of 'consent', arguing that while women are still paid less and the majority of economic power lies in the hands of men, economic factors will continue to play a part in sexual abuse. It’s a great piece in support of the concept of 'fuck you money', while also staying aware that 'fuck you money' is a privilege many simply can’t afford thanks to a rigged system.
Read the piece here.
Non-canon pasta Twitter thread by pasta genius @David_Rudnick
K so humour me for a second because this is a thread about pasta. Sometimes self-care isn’t just washing your hair or pushing your cuticles back, okay? It’s just as legit to gift yourself a break from all the horror - the Weinsteins, the Richardsons, the Trumps et al. - and catch up with other Very Important News like this ranking of non-canon pastas. It’s not totally without its own issues - some have contended the veracity of certain pastas’ status as non-canon - but overall it’s like putting a face mask on your brain so...
Join the debate here.
LISTEN: Moses Sumney ‘Don’t Bother Calling’
When I first heard this track, I was immediately taken back to Jeff Buckley’s vocals on ‘Corpus Christi Carol’, and the joy of hearing a male alto sing modern melodies. Ex-choirboy and alumni of Solange’s ‘Seat At The Table’, Sumney has crafted a much needed niche for himself with no competition.
READ: ‘If You Can’t Find A Spouse Who Supports Your Career, Stay Single’ (via Harvard Business Review)
Melinda Gates recently wrote that we’re ‘sending our daughters into companies designed for our dads’. This HBR piece examines the role our romantic choices play in our career prospects. In short, if your husband isn’t prepared to put his career on hold for you, let. that. man. go. Send to all your male friends.
Read the piece here here.
RE-VISIT: Nirvana ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night’ [MTV Unplugged, November 1993]
Something about this time of year draws me back my musical homeland. This always means guitars, anything pre-millenium, and a heavier soundtrack to the darker days. Nirvana’s ’93 MTV Unplugged is the perfect tonic - a post-summer palette cleanser, and reminder of Cobain’s raw talent, removed from the chaos and hyperbole that surrounded his final year.
Watch the performance here.
ARTICLE: 'The Art World Reacts to Allegations of Sexual Harassment in Its Ranks' (via artnews.com)
As of the last month, as well all know, the film and fashion sectors are rife with allegations of sexual assault. The art world has, for a long time, considered itself above 'that kind of thing', but it's basically turning out that nowhere is safe. This week news broke that publisher Knight Landesman, proprietor of the established ArtForum, had been served with a sexual assault allegation. Andy Battaglia and Alex Greenberger of Artnews have compiled an excellent article that includes insights from the likes of Gallerist Paula Cooper, artists Coco Fusco and more.
Check it out here.
LATE TO THE PARTY: Stranger Things (via Netflix)
This may be the latest I have ever been to such a massive party. When Stranger Things first burst onto the scene I didn't get into it. I thought the hype was was too good to be true, and so went a year and a half oblivious the Duffer Brothers contemporary masterpiece. This week, I took the plunge, and two sleep-deprived nights later I emerged much the richer for it. Series 2 dropped on Friday, and precedent suggests I'll be writing a hot take about it in summer of 2019 so watch this space.
Remind yourself of the trailer.