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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...

March Music at The Byre

March means music at the Byre! Whether it’s opera, jazz, or 70s pop, your musical taste buds can indulge in a variety of performances over the next month. From Tuesday March 10th–Thursday March 12th, OpSoc return to the Byre Theatre with their new production of one of the most beloved operas of all time, The Magic Flute. It is more...

My First Performance at Inklight

“You’ll gain financial freedom.” “Meet lifelong friends.” “Develop a caffeine addiction.” Of the many outcomes popular culture pronounces of the university experience, my favourite has always been the ominous prospect of "discovering what makes you you". For the first few weeks as a fresher this hung over me like a shadow — suddenly there were no throwaway decisions. Every choice you made...