Weeks 2-6: Aug 5-Sep 5

I split last month between Berlin and London. I walked up the Reichstag Dome’s spiral, see-through staircase at sunset. I stumbled across a beach volleyball tournament en route to the Olympiastadion in West Berlin. Both were uniformly glorious. I also spent some time interning at a Very Respectable socially conscious documentary distribution company. August was good.

Once again, Tavi Gevinson delivers some serious motivational gold, proving herself to be endlessly, effortlessly articulate. In this video, she talks about retaining a sense of wonder. Benjamin Law, who I hadn’t heard of before, also asks some really interesting questions at the end of the clip.

Thanks to my friend Charlie, I got to experience 40 Days of Dating just before it went viral. The experiment follows two graphic designers living in NYC who attempt to turn their long-standing friendship into something more. I greedily, guiltlessly binged on the archives when I first got wind of it. The project ends this week, but whatever the outcome, it’s a must-read.

There’s been no shortage of excellent writing on Rookie as of late. My favourite of recent times? This piece, which asks if Eminem and feminism are compatible. The answer is… surprising.

While I enjoy her music, I’m too young to remember how Fiona Apple has been received in the media over time. Luckily for me, these two clever people have published a transcript of their discussion on her definitive moments in music, and in pop-culture.

The Miley Cyrus VMA debacle has generated a lot of think pieces. This one, which delves deep into postcolonial theory, is the most convincing I’ve read.

Eighteen years later, Chloë Sevigny reflects on Kids.

I’ve been enjoying The Dissolve podcast recently. The Chicago-based film blog is made up of staffers who used to write cult blog The AV Club and although in its infancy, is shaping up to be a cinephile’s wet dream.

The line-up for the 57th London Film Festival has been announced and it is quite something. The Gala film in the festival’s Love strand is Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour, a sprawling story of self-discovery and romance between two teenage girls. While the film has been praised for its raw sense of passion, the two lead actresses reveal the details of the gruelling shoot and their tyrannical director in this troubling exposé.

And finally, as a self-confessed serial tweeter, I was bemused to discover these guidelines for citing a tweet in an academic context.

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