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Is this the end for Matilda Djerf?

When you hear the name Matilda Djerf, a whole host of things spring to mind: her dreamy 90s-style blowout and trademark curtain bangs, her adorable puppy, her pared-back classy Scandinavian…

Russell Brand and the State of Cancel Culture

Infamous for his controversial opinions and arrayed vernacular, Russell Brand is a character that may often pop up across your screen scrolling through social media during your morning coffee. However…

Author Spotlight: John McWhorter

Sometimes, a writer comes along who temporarily takes over your thoughts. Their words stick in your head, simultaneously comforting and challenging you. One goes through a period of reading every…

A Plea for Less Censorship

If you ever want to feel good about the world, go to The Guardian and search for their cartoons section. From Edith Pritchett’s Venn diagrams to some quite hilarious political…

James Bond and the Dangers of Literary Censorship

We live in an era of literary rewriting. Following the news that Roald Dahl’s works are being rewritten to remove offensive language (which we covered in The Student), James Bond…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “I believe literature is in peril.”

In November 2022, beloved Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivered a BBC Reith Lecture on “Freedom of Speech”. As an Edinburgh English Lit student, I found it a refreshing, enlightening,…

The charge of the ‘woke brigade’? The case against Jimmy Carr

At the beginning of his latest Netflix special, Jimmy Carr sets out the distinction between his “jokes about terrible things” and the “terrible things” themselves. However, Carr’s show, released at…

Does the Friends reunion mark the rise of ‘uncancelled’ culture?

Rating – ⭐ Who needs enemies when you have Friends like these? The Aniston and Schwimmer ‘real life’ love story mirroring the fictional storyline appeared a decoy for dealing with…