Objectified Scotsmen and Hunky Gladiators, or on the Sexualisation of the Modern Man

  One of the things that I like to show friends is the Tumblr page Wtf Bad Romance Covers which is filled with tacky and camp covers of Candlelight Novels. Every Thursday is “Objectified Scotsmen Thursday” and on this wonderful day the blog delights its followers with cheap covers with entertainingly awkwardly posing “Scottish” hunks, … More Objectified Scotsmen and Hunky Gladiators, or on the Sexualisation of the Modern Man

Unleash Your Inner Angst through a Literary Alter Ego

I have often considered it unfair that the bigwigs of the music scene can split themselves into two by virtue of a stage persona and still be taken seriously. On more than one occasion I have put on my extra-large hoop earrings and demanded that my peers call me Pheyoncé, and on more than one … More Unleash Your Inner Angst through a Literary Alter Ego

Revolution in the Bed: In Defence of Sleep

Meet the white-crowned sparrow. Although it might look like any regular North American bird (albeit very cute and fluffy), the zonotrichia leucophrys has a distinguishing factor that sets it apart from our Dutch mus: its ability to stay awake for seven days during its migration. Over the past few years, various American universities and research … More Revolution in the Bed: In Defence of Sleep

On Intellectual Curiosity and the Online Zeitgeist

In an ambitious attempt to respond to Yentl’s article on Generation Wuss, I’ve come to the conclusion that this characterisation of my generation is actually a confronting, but accurate term for the post-postmodern generation that seems to have it all, desire it all, know it all. We flaunt our lives by underlining the insignificant, taking … More On Intellectual Curiosity and the Online Zeitgeist