Why I Won’t Be Watching No Escape

  A few years ago, I had the misfortune of seeing The Impossible.  The film, which had a stellar cast starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, explored the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami and how it affected Khao Lak, a coastal region in Thailand.  The issue was that rather than having the courage to tell the […]

Harold Bloom: Literary Troll or Defender of the Homogeneous Canon?

  Harold Bloom is widely regarded as a Titan among literary critics, both globally and in America.  His works on Shakespeare and Romanticism have earned him a place of favour among literary elitists who enjoy engaging in esoteric and self-important discourse.  In 2003, Bloom published a scathing and short-sighted response to the National Book Foundation’s decision to award […]

The Tentative Defence of Iggy Azalea

  There is a saying about artists: “Good artists copy; Great artists steal.”  In a post-modern context, this would be referred to euphemistically as ‘appropriation’, and when it comes to hip-hop, there is perhaps no instrument from the hip-hop tool box used more commonly than the one called ‘appropriation’.  Why, then, does it create such […]

The Academy’s Lack of Diversity Extends Beyond Colour

  NOTE: I am one person and I speak on behalf of myself only.  I have tried to foster an inclusive conversation and have touched on issues related to groups of which I am not apart of.  I have done so with the utmost respect intended, so if my phrasing upsets any readers, I wish […]

Walls Of Needless Estrangement

Does racism exist?  Did racism ever exist?  These may seem like absurd questions considering how the word ‘race’ is used today, but when we explore the meaning of the word ‘race’ it becomes clear that this word has been grossly misused.  To apply it the way it has been applied for hundreds of years is to […]

Girls on the Loose: Erskine Caldwell’s This Very Earth

  Erskine Caldwell was not exactly popular amongst Southern whites during his literary career because he often portrayed them in less-than-flattering terms, though he himself was a Southern white.  What earned him most of his money, though, was his treatment of sexual relations.  His most famous novel is God’s Little Acre, the sexual content of which stirred […]

The Defence Of Taylor Swift

The public response to Taylor Swift’s most recent video, ‘Shake It Off’ (the first single off her new album), has garnered the kind of response that has become sadly typical in today’s social media setting where internet trolls looking to generate traffic for their websites and get followers for their Twitter accounts rely on shocking, […]

The Fallacy of ‘Race’ in David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face

  Note: The author of the work being reviewed, David Henry Hwang, is also a character in the play.  To differentiate between the character and the author, the abbreviation ‘DHH’ will be used to refer to the character, while the name ‘Hwang’ will be employed to refer to the author.   There is perhaps no realm […]

Inside Sarah Kane’s ‘Skin’

Skin is Sarah Kane’s only foray into film during her short lifetime and was released only a few months after her first play, Blasted, debuted in January of 1995.  The film stars Ewen Bremner, who is perhaps best known for his role as Spud in the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh‘s Trainspotting, though he has […]

Making Sense of Othello

Of the plays attributed to William Shakespeare, there are few, if any, that could fairly be called superior to Othello (though Titus Andronicus and Macbeth rest at the top of my list in that order with Othello placing a close third).  It tells the story of the title character, a Moorish general, assumed by many […]