The Roundup 29.04.18

The Roundup 29.04.18

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.

ANNA RECOMMENDS...

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READ: Women by Chloe Caldwell

It’s not often that I devour a book whole in one sitting, but that’s precisely what I did this week with Chloe Caldwell’s novella about female friendship, queer lust, and the glorious / hideous messiness of navigating uncertain relationships. In Women, Caldwell finds the universal in the specific, hanging a string of moments together, all of which seem incidental at the time, until they form the kind vital of vital experience that only becomes a coherent whole through the lens of hindsight. It's a real joy.  

Buy the book here.

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LISTEN: In Good Company with Otegha Uwagba: with Reni Eddo-Lodge

We've long been admirers of Otegha Uwagba, founder of Women Who and writer of the Times Bestselling Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women. The same goes for Reni Eddo-Lodge, whose smash hit book Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race was hands down the best and most important thing I read in 2017. In this conversation, Otegha asks Reni about more than just the book, and they have a really frank discussion about the pressures of working life before its publication, and the very different kind of pressure that have arisen since. 

Listen to the podcast here.

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WATCH: Morrissey dancing to Thomas the Tank Engine theme

I mean I literally do not have a hot take on Morrissey’s recent outbursts, I’m too busy rolling my eyes all the way into the back of my head.

The man is a fool, and this video by David Lewis is gold. 

Take a look here. 

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READ: ‘Janelle Monae Frees Herself’ (via Rolling Stone) 

OBVIOUSLY I’ve been listening to Dirty Computer on a loop all weekend and this wonderful, exhaustive profile of the queen of futuristic sex jams Janelle Monae has been the perfect lil side salad. Brittany Spanos writes about Monae with such a lightness of touch, revealing so much about the hitherto hyper-guarded artist — can't recommend this one enough. 

Read the piece here

SARAH RECOMMENDS...

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READ: 'I Feel Pretty Was Commercially Panned, but Did It Ever Have A Chance?' (via Man Repeller)

Ignoring the kinda clickbaity title, this Man Repeller piece from the lovely Harling Ross is actually a really resonant take on 'review culture' and how sexism permeates our choices. I know so many men who refuse to watch films unless they're deemed 'worthy' by Rotten Tomatoes, which in 2015 had a scary 168 to 760 female to male critic ratio. Not only does this leave rom-coms languishing at the bottom (Maid In Manhattan at 38% 'fresh' is a travesty), but quietly reinforces the bullshit that films written by, starring, or created for women are inherently less credible than those by and for men. 

Read the piece here

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READ: 'Beyoncé, The Rapper' (via Pitchfork)

Post-Beychella, I wasn't alone in reading every think-piece and review going. That being said, there's a real gap when it comes to 'serious' journalistic analysis of Beyoncé's work ethic, creative process and inspiration. Googling around for some insight on Bey's transition from R&B to Hip Hop, this Pitchfork piece is a super well researched and informative study. Nerd out.

Read the piece here

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LATE TO THE PARTY: Homeland

So as of Friday my total exposure to Homeland had been 7 years of Channel 4 ads and the occasional thirst tweet aimed at Damian Lewis (why!). This blissful ignorance was interrupted when my pal Shen innocently suggested we start a new series. I can't say I'm proud of what followed but we may or may not have watched 8 episodes of Homeland in one night and I don't really know who I am anymore. The plot remains a mystery, but evidently I was gripped.

Watch the season 1 trailer here

Culture Calendar w/c 30th April

Culture Calendar w/c 30th April

Playlist: AVA Festival 2018

Playlist: AVA Festival 2018