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Sylvia Plath: Godmother of Punk Rock?

Posted in Pretensions toward cultural theory, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

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If you google Sylvia Plath, it’s hard to find her described in any terms other than the superlative. ‘One of the finest lyric poets of the twentieth century,’ is pretty close to the general assessment. Continue reading

Vegan Apocalypse

Posted in Pretensions toward cultural theory with tags , , on July 8, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

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Last Saturday, I caught up with a couple of my closest friends at the Cornish Arms Hotel. One of us has severe dietary intolerances and we opted for the Cornish Arms because the vegan menu most closely resembles a cuisine his gut can manage. Continue reading

Bert Kreischer and the Mechanics of Subversion

Posted in Pretensions toward cultural theory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

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I went to see Bert Kreischer last Saturday night. I realised, once he came onstage and took off his shirt, that I had seen him before: he tells the story of his student trip to Russia in the viral video ‘The Machine.’ Continue reading

Modern Love

Posted in Music, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Slayer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

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New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements… the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture. ”
-Jackson Pollock

Biffy Clyro, Scottish alternative band, recently produced a cover version of David Bowie’s song ‘Modern Love’ for The Howard Stern David Bowie Tribute Album. The transformation is radical, and no doubt confronting for those who remember the original. Continue reading

Jordan Peterson

Posted in Pretensions toward cultural theory, Real Men with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

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Perhaps this is a function of modern life; every time Peterson posts a lecture, it is watched by millions of people. This is a highly intelligent, eccentric and (by his own admission) fragile person. It is foolish to think this kind of attention would not be difficult to adjust to, and put a profound strain on his character. Continue reading

Jordan Peterson

Posted in Pretensions toward cultural theory, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2019 by Jarrod Boyle

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A friend of mine sent me a critique of Jordan Peterson yesterday in response to my encouragement of her to give him a listen. Originally published in an American journal called The Star, it’s the first decent criticism of Peterson I have read. Continue reading

Wonder Woman Should Join the Lingerie Football League

Posted in Journalism, Love letters, Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Real Men, Ridiculous curiosity with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2016 by Jarrod Boyle

I have come late to the Lingerie Football League. Like most things of this nature, it appeared on my Facebook feed courtesy of my good friend and arbiter of all things that ride the cutting edge of bad taste, Matt Samartzis. Continue reading

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