Gothic Lit Picks for Halloween

With the temperature taking a dive and the leaves continuing to drop off the trees, this week is the perfect time to curl up inside with a good book and lose yourself in a story. For Halloween season, I’ve put together a list of the best Gothic literature to get your fangs into and keep you on the edge of your seat! Continue reading Gothic Lit Picks for Halloween

Review: BSO’s ‘Songs From The Heart’ @ Exeter Great Hall

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s evening of late-German Romanticism on Thursday was the logical continuation of their 2018/19 season, following the Beethoven of two weeks ago. From the sublimity of the 19th century, the audience was this week given an insight into the ever-so delicate aestheticism of sentimentality. Whilst each piece was highly personal to their respective composers, they also illustrated the last throes of an artistic movement largely out-manoeuvred by modernism, and the capability for emotional connection, regardless of social and cultural situation. The BSO’s performance was, once again, gladly received, and applauded with deserved enthusiasm throughout. Continue reading Review: BSO’s ‘Songs From The Heart’ @ Exeter Great Hall

5 Low Effort Halloween Costumes

Let me make one thing clear: living on the ground floor on Halloween is one of the worst decisions a wimp like me could make. Clowns (this is in both a literal and figurative sense) have great fun poking their heads around the side of my windows and I have great fun closing them all. Before I do that though, I like to have a look at the amazing variety of costumes people have put together. Hand-sewn outfits and face paint that looks like it took hours – they look absolutely amazing. However, for all of those people who are in it for the sesh and nothing but the sesh, it can be a little hard to dress up when you know that it’s going to peel off like a soggy sponge when the night’s over. Here are five low-effort costume ideas that might come in handy. Continue reading 5 Low Effort Halloween Costumes

Review: ‘Slip of a Fish’

Amy Arnold is a former Exeter student who graduated in 1986. Slip of a Fish is her debut novel and has been awarded the Northern Book Prize for 2018. RAZZ was lucky enough to have the opportunity to have a sneak peak, prior to its publication on 1st November.

 Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold is a novel that confronts the mother-daughter relationship in a unique style, that makes it as much about the way that it is written as the story itself. Through Arnold’s narrative style, readers view a common type of relationship in an uncommon way, fully immersing ourselves in the mind of the protagonist, Ash. Continue reading Review: ‘Slip of a Fish’

Trending on Twitter: Instagram Museums

A new form of art museum is popping up in major cities all over America. Dubbed the Instagram Museums, these spaces display immersive art displays in themed rooms, designed to produce the perfect Instagram selfie or boomerang. Hearing this, the obnoxious humanities student in me wants to rant about how the idea of tailoring art to Instagram cheapens it to a merely aesthetic object, devoid of meaning or history, and how the popularity of these new museums threatens more traditional art museums. But I’ll try to resist that for the moment. Continue reading Trending on Twitter: Instagram Museums

In My Good Books: ‘Netherland’ by Joseph O’Neill

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill is a fragmented narrative that depicts love, politics and nostalgia, as seen through the eyes of Hans van den Broek. Hans is a middle-aged realist who is battling the chaos of New York-living during a confused stage in his life. The narrative of Netherland is propelled by the friendships of Hans as he navigates his present urban existence, yet Hans constantly finds himself seeking his childhood memories and passions. The title, Netherland, is almost certainly inspired by Hans’ Dutch origin, however on first reflection I was struck with a sense of the Disney portrayal of ‘Neverland’. ‘Neverland’ is the fictional island on which one can never age, and thus lives in an eternal childhood. To an extent, Hans similarly resists the reality of his ageing as he yearns for his simpler childhood and remains intent on continuing his childhood passion of cricket. So fundamentally, Netherland portrays the struggle of a man in a dangerous and fragile adult world. Continue reading In My Good Books: ‘Netherland’ by Joseph O’Neill

Review: Skate Kitchen

For her first feature film, Skate Kitchen, Crystal Moselle has chosen to manipulate her cinematic experience of documentary making to cultivate a story about skater girls that feels both real and dynamic. Moselle’s first film, The Wolfpack, was a documentary in 2015 about six brothers who devise their understanding of the world from watching movies. While Skate Kitchen is a dramatic piece, it still feels very much like Moselle’s previous film, tracing the lives of teenagers who all seem to have a shared passion. Continue reading Review: Skate Kitchen

It’s Debatable: Uni Drinking Culture

Buckle up. I hope you’re ready for one of the most brutally honest articles I’ve written. I thought it would be difficult advocating drinking culture at university, because it can so easily become a habit that is hard to break, one of those crutches that we rely on for self-confidence, something we might start to crave because, ultimately, the world feels like a better place a few glasses down and our struggles seem to disappear, like the contents of the glass in front of us. Continue reading It’s Debatable: Uni Drinking Culture