Month: June 2018

A Crucible of Extremes

There’s a remarkable sequence at the end Black Mirror’s Nosedive episode where the main character, driven mad by her quest for higher social media status, winds up in a jail cell, bedraggled, makeup smeared, staring at motes floating in the fluorescent overhead lighting. Bereft of what gives her validation in her outside life – streams …

Isn’t there something in living dangerously?

The Savage nodded, frowning. “You got rid of them. Yes, that’s just like you. Getting rid of everything unpleasant instead of learning to put up with it. Whether ’tis better in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end …

Subtlety in Atlanta

Discovering great works of art is always deeply inspiring to me. Even if imperfect, Atlanta, is one of those. I just binged the first two seasons and it’s uneven and ragged, but like a lovable shaggy dog, there’s just something about it which I find endearing. Donald Glover, who I’ve just discovered (forgive me, for …

The newspapers of Utopia would be terribly dull

I’m reading 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke for the first time ever, after an interview with Christopher Nolan about his 70mm restoration of the movie adaptation piqued my interest in the book. I had always put off reading 2001 because I felt I already knew the story. Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece had left …