Hyper-sexed, under-educated, literate only insofar as she can peddle her personal brand for financial gain, 20-year-old Kylie Jenner is the national princess that America does not need, but rightfully deserves. The youngest sister of the Kardashian family sister-quintet is the eighth most followed person on Instagram with 102 million followers, only bested in her family by her sister Kim (107 million). Her personal make-up empire, ‘Kylie Cosmetics’ is reportedly […]
Mike Jay’s work is concerned with the history of drug consumption, alternative mental states and madness. In the past years, he has written about the medical origins of laughing gas; the life of a revolutionary schizophrenic, James Tilly Matthews, and how political regimes influenced the asylum system. He has curated two shows at the Wellcome Collection: the 2010-2011 High Society and the 2017 Bedlam: asylum and beyond. We sat down […]
When somebody passes away, the way in which they are remembered and commemorated is left largely to the friends and family they leave behind. But what if living individuals could exercise more choices regarding their death and legacy? Cemeteries in the UK offer the option of booking a plot in advance of one’s death. Should the living then not be able to determine more than merely the space they will […]
Our editorial fellow Christopher Prendergast offers a harsh critique of the re-apperance of novelist Martin Amis who recently announced that he misses England living in New York.
Jenny Zhang is not interested in your approval. Her debut collection of short stories Sour Heart, all narrated from the perspective of various Chinese teen girls (or teens-to-be), drips of unabashed vulgarity and candour. Her first short story, We Love Your Crispina, opens with the observation that ‘we had to mash our king-sized shits into smaller pieces since we were too poor and too irresponsible back then to even […]
Race walking, with its apparently ungainly movements, might have an image problem, but most talented walkers can easily outpace casual runners. Libby Rainey explores the combination of eccentricity and determination required to succeed as a race walker.
In politics, 'I deeply regret' is not the same as 'I am sorry'. Ahead of the French elections, Christopher Prendergast considers the relation of François Fillon's campaign to the political language of regret.
This week, on the 8th of March, thousands will renounce their daily demands to strike for International Women’s Day. Women are calling upon women to act, or not act, in any way they can: to 'put a broom outside the front door or a banner in the window; bang pots and pans, change your facebook profile to the image of the Strike, refuse to do the washing up or the shopping, charge double for sex work'.
Despite its mainstream success at the box office, 'La La Land' resists fulfilling the usual Hollywood romance narratives. Reading the film alongside Roland Barthes's 'The Lover's Discourse', Rebecca Liu suggests that the message of both is that "to love, sometimes, means to know when it is time to let go".
‘Second-Hand’ is a series of alternative book reviews. Traditional reviews, with their emphasis on the latest and greatest novels, risk leaving the reader behind. This column offers a breathing space, by focusing each time on a single second-hand book. The focus of this column is on chance encounters, revisionary readings of classic novels, and on the margins of the literary canon. It is a celebration of the book as physical object, in an […]