Coincidence or Probability? 

Thompson, Keith. Coincidence?. 2022 Over the last couple of weeks, several of my friends have shared stories with me about specific coincidences they experienced and their take on dissecting their meaning. This, in turn, led me to start questioning my own beliefs when it comes to coincidences. Personally, I have never been a particular believerContinue reading “Coincidence or Probability? “

Stutz: The Tragedy of Wasted Time

Image: Stutz, Netflix Trigger Warning: this article contains references to suicide Jonah Hill’s recent documentary film Stutz is a far cry from the comic roles of 21 Jump Street and Superbad which he is so often associated with and are sedimented into pop culture. On the surface Stutz is an unlikely role reversal in whichContinue reading “Stutz: The Tragedy of Wasted Time”

Everything Pop Culture Got Wrong About Dracula

Bela Lugosi in Dracula (1931) A few months ago, I was mostly unaware of the entire plot of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula. Of course, I had acquired some basic knowledge through pop culture and was convinced I’d know what was going to happen. As it turns out, I was wrong. Somewhere around the beginningContinue reading “Everything Pop Culture Got Wrong About Dracula”

The Benefits of Romanticisation

Kat, etching by Marcel Schellekens (Ann’s Art Gallery) Like nearly everyone, there are periods in my life where feeling happy seems like the hardest thing in the world to me. When I’m lucky, these only last a few days or hours instead of weeks or months. No matter how long they actually last, what alwaysContinue reading “The Benefits of Romanticisation”

What Mitski Tells Us About Capitalism and Art

I cry at the start of every Mitski song / I guess cause I wish I was making things too. Yeah, I know, very meta of me to almost quote the beginning of the song, but that line never ceases to amaze me. Mitski is describing the thought most artists have: the realization that youContinue reading “What Mitski Tells Us About Capitalism and Art”

Endings: Outer Wilds and the Inevitable

*Mild Spoilers for Outer Wilds1 ahead* I awakened by the campfire on Timber Hearth, my home, ascended to the launch site where a cobbled together ship stood, waiting to take me to the stars, a bright yellow sun encouraging me onward. Gingerly, I travelled outward and landed on the Hearthian moon. There, I meet EskerContinue reading “Endings: Outer Wilds and the Inevitable”

Home

I can go anywhere I want, just not home.  The fifth track of Taylor Swift’s album folklore, “my tears ricochet”, features one of the most relatable lyrics I’ve ever heard. Even though I acknowledge that the context behind this phrase is completely different to the one I put when listening to it, it is stillContinue reading “Home”

Margaret, the Males aren’t Gazing: The Man in my Head Keeps Torturing Me

© Nicolas Regnier ‘Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it’s all a male fantasy: that you’re strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about it. Even pretending you aren’t catering to male fantasies isContinue reading “Margaret, the Males aren’t Gazing: The Man in my Head Keeps Torturing Me”

Series of essays on art and laziness as a form of rebellion

Wabi sabi and the picturesque The classic Japanese concept of Wabi-sabi is the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent, incomplete and broken. This concept is reflected in the west through the work of the William Gilpin. His writing responded to the grandfather of aesthetic-theory, Edmund Burke, who claimed that the key elements of beauty are smoothnessContinue reading “Series of essays on art and laziness as a form of rebellion”

The History of West Africa

I don’t know about you, but if I had never lived in Africa until I was sixteen, I would not have known anything about African history. And I’m grateful every day that I learned British, Dutch and African history (also specifically Gambian history). Because of this, I thought I’d try to write a crash courseContinue reading “The History of West Africa”