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Manifest (Season Two)

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Manifest (Jeff Rake, USA, 2018) and passengers of the show’s fateful flight 828 have returned for a second season. With more of the same dross that made the first so unbearably irritating. After leaving the previous season on an unconvincing cliff-hanger, and having it embarrassingly answered in the first seconds, no new information on the mystery of 828 is provided in the ensuing 12 episode bore. And, to watch the season is a bore, to the most extremities of the definition. 

Where to start analysing this car crash of a TV show? In comparison to the previous season, the acting is still as equally bland proportionate to the colour beige. Main characters are only capable of expressing the emotion of surprise. The writing is still as lousy, continually force-feeding us exposition that tells us ‘it’s all connected’ because it’s too lazy to provide meaningful narrative construction and needs to convince itself that it has a clever story. As if this wasn’t enough to stop viewing it the editi…

Murder Most Foul

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2020 seems to be the year of unpredictabilities: WW3, Britney Spears breaking the 100m sprint world record and now Bob Dylan releasing a 17-minute single. The only difference the last of three actually happened. Making a surprise release on March 27th ‘Murder Most Foul’ saw Dylan break his eight-year lull in new material since 2012’s Tempest. It also takes the accolade for the longest song in Dylan’s discography. 

Initial readings of the song can be viewed as simply a eulogy to John F. Kennedy, as well as the 60s and subsequent cultural landmark moments. The song quickly digresses into a bombardment of references, some on the nose, some beguilingly subtle. The Beatles are first to get a mention with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, alluding to the impact of Beatlemania on the youth population at the time as their swift adoption of pop music’s escapism. Woodstock and Altamont also get a mention, a juxtaposition between the ideals of the counter-culture and a loss of innocence. Jimmi Hendrix’…

The Isolation Series: Books

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As these tough times continue I thought I’d offer you some book recommendations to get you through the ever-increasing period of lockdown. As always there are familiar favourites which warrant a re-read and others that I hope you will enjoy as much as I did. All the books featured came to me at a time of reflection and stillness, therefore, I had time to absorb their messages and get to know them assiduously. I hope in this time of isolation you take solace in the seclusion and make the most of the bad situation.  

Stay safe.

You Are Here: Art After The Internet
Omar Kholeif (Editor)

These collected essays (including 'The Context of the Digital: A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships' by Gene McHugh which provided inspiration for the title of The 1975's third studio album) explore contemporary conceptualisations on culture in a 'post-internet' society. Engagingly, Kholeif splits the book into thirds, starting with 'Essays' that set up the theory that is anal…