January 2019

REPUBLIC OF NEWSLETTERS: Why Here’s The Thing Needs Your Attention

That is the single best description of Sarah Gailey I’ve ever seen. Sarah’s work is endlesslty enthusiastic, endlessly perceptive and completely unlike anything else on the market. If you haven’t read anything they’ve written, start with either of these: Fisher of Bones The Prophet is dead. The eyes of the Gods have turned to his […]

REPUBLIC OF NEWSLETTERS: Why Here’s The Thing Needs Your Attention

Quick Oscar and Razzie Thoughts

We’re officially into Awards season with the Oscars and the Razzies, the award ceremony they lend money to while it stays in their garage, both announcing their shortlists. As is always the case there’s some interesting choices and some astonishing omissions. Here’s a couple of thoughts with links either to trailers or pieces I wrote

Quick Oscar and Razzie Thoughts

The Arden Effect

I feel the same way about New Year’s Resolutions as I do about bucket lists and a lot of country music. Fine in practice, great for other people, not something I tend to have the boots for. But one thing I am going to ramp up in the New Year is talking about podcasting. It’s

The Arden Effect

REVIEW: Reel Love

My first steps into popular culture were made through movies. Blowing up the second Death Star. The Scarlet Buccaneer‘s pirate ship. That deeply disturbing Italian horror sci fi movie from the 1970s which I was clearly too young to watch and had clearly been put on Saturday morning on ITV by someone who either wanted

REVIEW: Reel Love

FUCK YEAH BOOKS!: Rosewater

As opening lines go ‘I’m at the Integrity Bank job for 40 minutes before the anxieties kick in’ is right up there with ‘The sky was the colour of a TV tuned to a dead channel.’ However, where Neuromancer now plays like a quaint, and honestly rather optimistic, view of the future, Rosewater has much more complicated things to

FUCK YEAH BOOKS!: Rosewater

REVIEW: Brexit: The Uncivil War

It’s crass to open with the idea that Brexit: The Uncivil War needs to be looked at from two different angles but that doesn’t make it any less true. This is a dramatic presentation of events we’re living in the immediate aftermath of and as a result I’ve had to look at it as two

REVIEW: Brexit: The Uncivil War

REVIEW: Die Issue 1

Die issue 2 is out this week. It’s from Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans and Clayton Cowles with design work by Rian Hughes and edits by Chrissy Williams. If you didn’t get the first issue, get on that now because this is a book that’s fiercely good and remarkably close to home. Firstly because of the cast.

REVIEW: Die Issue 1

3 Lessons From Doctor Who Series 11

Learning it turns out really is fun and educational! And, under 24 hours out from the first New Year’s Day episode of Doctor Who, here’s what I learned from season 11. 1. Same Tune, Different Arrangement [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lUz0xU5d9g] That isn’t just a theme tune, it’s a mission statement. Segun Akinola’s arrangement of Ron Grainger’s original

3 Lessons From Doctor Who Series 11

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