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‘Fascination with language”: The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

Bildungsroman narratives can often seem overdone, retracing the struggles of adolescent identity for the umpteenth time before the protagonist solves their problems, gets the girl and drives off into the sunset of adulthood and the rest of their life. Refreshingly, Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School provides a break from this stultifying mould, offering such an […]

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Chilly nights and flights of fancy: The Student recommends romance novels for cuffing season

Amid the cold, dark mists of an Edinburgh winter filled with the gloomy prospects of a hatred-fuelled General Election and the ever-dreaded exams, students would be forgiven for failing to see light among the grey monotony of these pre-Christmas weeks. Yet, away from the Brexit-obsessed politicians who clog up your television screen, the endless past […]

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A talk with stem cell donor Will Briant, and the importance of donating

The Student spoke to recent stem cell donor Will Briant about his donation experience and why more students should donate. How did you feel when Anthony Nolan got in touch with you about the possibility of donating? Anthony Nolan got in touch with me about six months ago and said I might be a match. So, […]

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Music

Live Review: George Ezra at Utilita Arena, Newcastle

It is a strange custom in our society that certain individuals are deemed to be talented enough, that thousands of people will pay for the privilege of cramming into a stadium to shout the songs that they have written back at them as they sing. Even now, when Spotify and Apple Music allow you to […]

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Love is Blind

William Boyd’s Love is Blind brings late 19th century Europe to life, from the cold, grey streets of Edinburgh to the grandiose parties of Imperial Russia as it follows the bespectacled Scottish piano tuner, Brodie Moncur, through his remarkable life. Often reflecting on outcomes before explaining the protagonist’s extraordinary journey that leads to them, Boyd […]

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Music

Charts struggle to stay relevant in the modern music world

For decades, shows such as The Official Chart and Top of the Pops were staples of the UK music lover’s diet, with fans eagerly awaiting the Sunday countdown to see whether their favourite band would claim the all-important number one slot. To avoid the ignominy of not knowing that week’s leading singles one had to […]

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When should children learn the dark truth about Santa?

Christmas is all about children. From its origin in a small stable in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago, to the commercial mania that it is today, the festive period has always been focused on children. Up and down the country this week, many youngsters will have waited anxiously to see what was behind the […]