The Value of Art

Throughout school peers and some teachers never considered me as ‘intelligent’ as ‘brainy’ but I was ‘creative’, and ‘artistic’.  There’s no doubt this is a gender issue: where boys are more likely to be described as brainy and intellectual girls are creative and imaginative, and this division manifests in their subject choices and decisions. To […]

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Revisiting The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath is the woman that I’m embarrassed to write about in my degree in case I’m judged as a clichéd mentally ill English student. It’s remarkable how much this embarrassment misses the point of The Bell Jar. It is an incredible book that shows how the protagonist’s experience of sexism contributes to her breakdown. […]

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Review: Slade House

Released barely a year after his previous novel, Slade House is simultaneously vintage David Mitchell and unlike anything he has ever published before. Developing from a rather gimmicky Twitter short story released as part of the marketing strategy for the titanic The Bone Clocks, Mitchell’s latest offering is far and away his shortest yet, as […]

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