Scoring Massive Havok – AFI front man Davey on debut novel POP KIDS and more

There was this American kid called Davey who started a band with his buddies back in 1991. They played their first concert in their high school quad in their small California town. They had a song called ‘Mini Trucks Suck’. Fast-forward 22 years, and Davey Havok is still the lead singer and front man of […]

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Fiction. Remembering in Winter

    A country house in winter is something which brings to mind a rather romantic picture. But the glittering frosts always come later than expected, and are always accompanied with such an unanticipated, biting bitterness from the cold that the crystals fade half-forgotten on the dull brown leaves.      The cold inside the house staunches […]

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It’s alive!

Pottery is perhaps the most durable form of art – our oldest record of long lost cultures – it comes from the earth and it’s here to stay. So argues Margaret O’Rourke – organiser behind the confluence of the Craft Potters Association, the Ashmolean and Oxford Ceramics. March 2nd, the opening day of Clay Live, […]

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Blanket coverage for Corpus charity

Corpus JCR passed a motion this Sunday to mandate a college-wide competitive blanket fort fundraiser. In return for an entry fee, which will be donated to charity, students will compete to construct forts made from pillows and/or blankets. The winning entry will be give either a bottle of wine or a printed cushion. Amber Barton, […]

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Fiction: Tata and the Reaper

Tata’s expression as she looked into her vanity mirror was one of academic scrutiny.  She had decided not to wear the plastic tiara with glittery rhinestone hearts, opting for a more subdued purple feather boa that looked marvellous against her platinum wig.  Some fine lines around the eyes, perhaps, and hands rather wrinkled from excessive […]

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Tell tales. Share words.

“Creativity is the residue of wasted time.” -Albert Einstein   The Arts & Lit section is accepting submissions of short works of fiction (500-600 words). Pieces can be self-contained excerpts, descriptions, or stories – anything that you classify as fiction rather than poetry, non-fiction or script. Email [email protected] with the word “Fiction” in the subject […]

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Fiction. Snowflakes

Reaching one arm from the bathroom window, Mary watches snowflakes lighting on the fine, raised hairs of her skin: they perch for a moment in perilous, lacy wetness before retracting into even more miniscule droplets. The fan rasps its endless breath. Last night, with the shape of her own breath above her in the silent […]

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After images/blind spots

The hardest part of walking through the Hayward’s latest exhibition is reading the labels. After-images dance across your eyes, filling your vision with light and colour even as you turn from the luminescent works on display. This is one of the most spectacular visual experiences I’ve sampled in years. Prepare to be bombarded by strobes, […]

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Liz Bennet vlogs

Pride and Prejudice is a 19th century classic. It conjures images of young ladies in unflatteringly high-waisted full-length dresses, drawn out conversations through long dances, and the handsome face of a certain Mr Darcy. Committed fans can debate for hours over the superiority of either the BBC or the Keira Knightley adaptation but in either […]

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Up from the ASHes

On Wednesday evening last week, I decided to do something brave. I went to a poetry reading. Attending poetry readings does inevitably feel brave (people are often very honest, and that can be unnerving), but that courage can pay off. This wasn’t just any reading: Wednesday, 6th February was the launch of the Oxford Poetry […]

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Inside Gormley’s Model

Groping around in the dark, I’ve banged into a work of art again. To be fair, the work is all around me. It lies on the ground and creeps towards the walls, a giant complex of iron crates, but ever so slightly human. Not least because a dozen of us are inside it. This is […]

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Fiction: In a Candle Flame

As you blankly withstand me the swirl is raging within the constrictions of my chest and spilling out from my eyes, mouth and skin. I can feel the tide gathering and breaking and it won’t be long before the flood comes and swallows you in its salt. We’ll be under together, but only for a […]

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Sassy Jane: a new reputation

The Oxford Student looks at Paula Byrne’s new biography of Jane Austen A canny business-woman who loved sex jokes, despised the French and was related to the notorious Lord Byron – this Jane Austen does not square easily with the bonneted vision of domestic harmony that the onslaught of period drama has lead us to believe […]

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Football & txts

Love him or loathe him, Joey Barton says some extraordinary things. Aside from the bizarre twitter tirade last week against the  “97 per cent” of the population whom he defines as “stupider” than him, he lampoons those who “decide their to lazy [sic] to work”. And, two days before that, was involved in an online […]

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Versatile Versifiers

On 31st January, Thursday evening, the Oxford Poetry Society – soon to be, by permission of proctors and paperwork, the Oxford University Poetry Society once again – had its first open mic night of Hilary Term. The event, scheduled to begin at 8pm, filled up rapidly until soon it was standing-room only in The Duke […]

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