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The most influential horror writer you’ve never heard of: Introducing H.P. Lovecraft

CW: racism, antisemitism, anti-Black racism, anti-Asian racism The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. H.P. Lovecraft In March 1937, Howard Phillips Lovecraft was nearing the end of his days. Solitary and impoverished, he subsisted on expired tins of food, having […]

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Film Reviews

I Care a Lot

I Care a Lot is a film with a masterful premise, a first-rate cast, a suitably unnerving score, and just a few too many implausibilities to be spectacular. The story follows the Machiavellian and morally bankrupt Marla Grayson (Rosamund Pike), a ruthless con woman with a bleached Pan Am smile and a highly versatile wardrobe. […]

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Culture Literature

The Student’s Lockdown Reading List 3.0

I recently came across an article on The Guardian website titled, ‘Have you been using the pandemic to catch up on long classic novels?’ Needless to say, I hadn’t. Should I have been? It appears some regular masochists have taken lockdown as an opportunity to make themselves feel even worse, with sales of War and […]

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News

Capitol riots: What happened and what happens next?

On the 6th of January 2020, a joint session of the United States Congress sat down to count the electoral college votes. Meanwhile, across the National Mall, President Trump addressed a group of his supporters at a “Save America” rally.  The president told the crowd: “We will never give up. We will never concede” and proceeded […]

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Culture Literature

The Student reviews: 2020 Booker Prize winner ‘Shuggie Bain’

TW: addiction and mention of sexual violence Everyday with the make-up on and her hair done, she climbed out of her grave and held her head high. When she had disgraced herself with drink, she got up the next day, put on her best coat, and faced the world. Shuggie Bain, winner of the 2020 […]

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Film Reviews

Tenet

Some herald it the saviour of cinema, but does it live up to the expectation? Christopher Nolan films can be both taxing and rewarding. As a director, he presumes that the audience will be sufficiently intrigued by his plots that they’ll be back for a second viewing. It’s sort of an ultimatum: come again or […]

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We must be free to disagree

For those Scots who value the legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment, Holyrood’s Hate Crime Bill may be the most regressive piece of political kowtowing in recent memory. Lockdown has seen a sharp increase in celebrity cancellations, as old tweets resurface and their tweeters are virtually decimated. Now the Scottish government will give offenders something else […]

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Features

Palestine, Israel, and the stalled annexation of the West Bank

As July 1st has come and gone, Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has yet to take any unilateral action on the West Bank annexation plan. With the Prime Minister’s long history of unfulfilled election promises, many commentators were unsurprised. The proposal was announced back in September 2019, when Netanyahu was battling for an election victory amidst multiple […]