I am a big fan of Dave Chappelle. He is one of the greatest comedians of our time and his observations on culture are among the most incisive there are. His stand-up special For What it's Worth is generally regarded as his magnum opus. This is my favourite part: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75XKGVwGEt4 Through comedy, Chappelle asks an important question:... Continue Reading →
Drawing A Line From The Reporting Of The Brett Kavanaugh Allegations To The Congo
Over the last 24 hours, I've read up about Dr Christine Blasey Ford and her allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and started to read Jason K Stearns Dancing in the Glory of Monsters. These disparate stories share much in common. In one very significant way, they are the same story.... Continue Reading →
Back To School!
"His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms spaghetti..." Eminem - Lose Yourself I woke up at 4:40 this morning, a full 2 hours before my alarm was set. My internal clock always wakes me up super early whenever I have an exciting event to look forward to. Holidays, game days, Christmas Eve - anything that I've... Continue Reading →
Does Drake Deserve A Pass?
I learned many things in my years as a teacher. A big one was that 18 year old girls are younger in the mind than society allows them to be. This has been on my mind this week with allegations that Drake is dating an 18 year old model and giving relationship advice to a... Continue Reading →
Is British Culture Undermined By Multiculturalism? A Photo Essay
I was sitting at the University of Hull library today, when I saw this headline in The Guardian. I thought about Hull, the city that I live in, which is the third poorest local authority in the country and voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU. Instead of writing a long treatise as to my thoughts on... Continue Reading →