Growing up watching British TV doesn’t give you many options. When you’re at school, shows like Waterloo Road tell you that being a teenager is just a matter of being a bit stroppy. Once you’re in college, shows like the Inbetweeners imply there are essentially five categories: you can be nerdy, stupid, awkward, a liar or a girl. Then you might go to university, where shows like Fresh Meat limit your options to being a victim or a ‘legend’.
On July 26th, 2020, the movie director David Lynch uploaded a video on YouTube. Holding a jet-black bell jar, Lynch speaks directly to camera in his characteristic cartoon cadence “I painted this jar for a specific reason that I will tell you about at a later date”.
Clara, an ex music critic living out her retirement in a Brazilian seashore apartment, is effortlessly cool. She is completely at home in herself and in her environment, with nothing to prove and no shits to give. She also emanates power. When a man asks to drive her home after a night out, she informs him that she will get a taxi. That is the end of the matter: we cut straight to Clara getting out of the taxi as it reaches her apartment.
‘Across the Universe’ was written by John Lennon in 1969, just as cracks were emerging in his relationship with Paul McCartney. The band struggled to give each songwriter their fair share of attention, which left Lennon feeling like they never “made a good record” of his song.
Why did the US assassinate Qasem Soleimani in early January this year? “Well”, explains Aimen Dean on the 'Conflicted' podcast, “because he never wrote anything down”. The military leader was so paranoid about espionage that he kept all of his plans, contacts and intel in his head. Killing him was not just a show of strength by America, but a tactical ploy. It essentially “re-formated the hard drive of the Quds force”.
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