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Film Review: The Vast Of Night

“You’re entering a realm between clandestine and forgotten. A slip stream cut between channels. The secret museum of mankind. The private library of shadows, all taking place on a stage forged from mystery and found only on a frequency caught between logic and myth.” That’s the signpost up ahead… Paradox Theatre. Tonight’s episode, "The Vast of Night". This Rod Serling-esque...

Glastonbury 2020: A Review

This year I made my Glastonbury debut - from my living room sofa, of course. I experienced the "magic" that Glasto aficionados rave about. It’s real. And if I felt it from the airwaves oscillating out my TV screen, it must be even more transformative in person. I begin my festival experience in 2011, with a young Ed Sheeran performing...

Book Review – The Secret Lives Of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World

There are two poignant memories from junior high and high school which come often into my mind. Realising I worked more efficiently when I had my own space, one day in junior high I moved my desk away from my classmates to a corner in the back of the classroom. Soon after, my teacher approached me cautiously, asking if...

Killing Eve Series Three: A Review

As the finale to the third season to BBC One’s spy thriller/black comedy/Gothic romance Killing Eve saw Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) and her nemesis/object of obsession/star-crossed lover Villanelle (Jodie Comer) meet at a ballroom dancing competition, a perfect visual metaphor for the season came into my mind; a tango danced by rote. The basic motions of passion and danger...

Album Review: Sports Team – Deep Down Happy

Cambridge-based indie rock sextet Sports Team’s long-awaited debut album; Deep Down Happy, was released on Friday the 6th of June. Proclaimed by the band themselves as the "best album in the world", it seems to have followed through on such grandiose promises by reaching number one in the charts, somehow fending off challenges from the likes of Lady Gaga...

Album Review: Notes On Notes On A Conditional Form

Notes on a Conditional Form, released a week ago on Friday, is The 1975’s fourth full studio album. Comprising twenty-two tracks of an eclectic range of styles, “Notes” nevertheless retains that familiar 1975 sound.  On previous albums, the band has been criticised for being overly ambitious, with too many conflicting musical styles, and we will doubtless see that argument made...

The Lockdown Reading List

If, like me, you have little else to do at home than scroll mindlessly through Facebook, visit the nearby dairy farm, or stare longingly out of the window hoping this will all go away, then reading may be an excellent way to vicariously experience emotions that aren’t boredom and depression. With that in mind, and secure in the knowledge that...

Virtual Museum Tours

Like many of you I’m sure, I had planned to be in Europe, wasting my spring break away by visiting cultural landmarks, eating the local cuisine, and visiting local art museums. All those opportunities were stolen from me when the coronavirus hit. I am an avid museum-goer. I try to hit at least one whenever I travel. I am...

StAnza 2020: A Preview

There are few towns of St Andrews’ size which could be considered such a cultural hub. This week, for example, we have one of the UK’s biggest poetry festivals right on our doorstep. StAnza, now in its 23rd year, will be running over 100 readings, workshops, lectures and installations around St Andrews from Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th March....

Women Who Run With the Wolves: A Review

“Everyone who can read should read this book.” -  Maya Angelou  “Recommended for men who dare to run with women who run with wolves.” – Sam Keen Summer, 2019. It was an average Saturday in June. I remember feeling nostalgic that day. For what? I’m still not sure, but, looking back, it was the first summer I finally felt like I...