Tayla J.H

  • July 16, 2018By Tayla J.H

    Trigger warning: This article briefly references to rape and abuse.   General warning: Contains a few spoilers  “…This is about how we conduct debate in public about sensitive things. It’s toxic, it’s juvenile, it’s destructive. We think it’s more important to be right than it is to appeal to the humanity of those we disagree with. … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/hannah-gadsby-urges-others-to-share-their-own-stories-in-her-comedy-special-nanette/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • May 22, 2018By Tayla J.H

    “The sun looks older, Orange, sagging, like it might drop. H says it’s only mist” – The End We Start From  by Megan Hunter In her debut novel, Megan Hunter explores motherhood and womanhood wherein her heroine is the subject of a disaster during which she must keep her son safe. In essence, Hunter crafts a … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/book-review-the-end-we-start-from-megan-hunter/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • March 6, 2018By Tayla J.H

    Caution: Small spoilers ahead. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet directed by Simon Godwin and starring Kiri’s Paapa Essiedu (who, according to The Telegraph is the first black actor to be cast by the RSC as Hamlet since 1961) is a must-see. As opposed to the original setting of the claustrophobic castle in Elsinore, Denmark, this version of Hamlet is set in … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/this-all-black-africa-based-hamlet-production-is-a-must-see/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • January 13, 2018By Tayla J.H

    “I do not really watch all of them soaps” is a sentence that is often spoken with a sense of pride. Or rather, this is what I have found when the sentence has been uttered to me previously, many times. In the UK there seems to be a certain snobbery aimed towards those who watch … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/why-snobbery-towards-soap-operas-needs-to-stop/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • November 23, 2017By Tayla J.H

    Note: spoilers for the following ‘Black Mirror’ episodes: Nosedive, Hated In The Nation, Fifteen Million Merits, Be Right Back, The Waldo Moment ‘Black Mirror‘ is a British television series on Netflix that is written and created by English satirist, Charlie Brooker. Episodes of the Sci-Fi series have an overarching theme of paranoia about the developments in technology. The … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-black-mirror-predictions-that-have-become-a-reality/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • November 5, 2017By Tayla J.H

    Notice: There are a few spoilers in this review.  The well-awaited documentary The Center Will Not Hold based on the life of Joan Didion (so far, as she still is alive), was released on Netflix on the 27th of October. The documentary was directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne, and produced by her niece, Annabelle Dunne. Joan Didion is … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-center-will-not-hold-uncovers-the-warmth-of-joan-didion-and-reaffirms-her-strength/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • October 27, 2017By Tayla J.H

    Months ago, Emily Van Duyne wrote a piece for the Literary Hub. In her piece, Duyne mentioned a “literary trope: Plath the ‘crazy girl’, and the ‘crazy girls’ who love her, all of whom are seen as young, starry eyed fools in need of scolding”. Whenever I reveal to anybody that I admire Plath’s work, … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/sylvia-plath-a-feminist-martyr-that-deserves-more-than-just-pity-and-so-do-her-fans/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • October 17, 2017By Tayla J.H

    Sitting at my desk in front of my window, I have the view of the eerie orange hue that has tinted my outer surroundings, and, evidently, many other places in the UK, as there have been warnings night and day of the commencing hurricane Ophelia. The BBC has reported that this “red sun” has been … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/in-the-midst-of-climate-change-here-are-5-cli-fi-books-to-read/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • October 5, 2017By Tayla J.H

    “What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took?” – Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day The British author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Nobel prize in Literature for 2017. His notable works consist of: The Remains Of The … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/kazuo-ishiguro-has-just-won-the-nobel-prize-in-literature/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • September 11, 2017By Tayla J.H

    Variety has reported that Keira Knightley will be starring in a new biopic as a french author by the name of Colette. According to Deadline, the movie will be called Colette, and Knightley will be acting alongside Poldark‘s Eleanor Tomlinson as well as Dominic West (best known for his role in The Wire). But who is Colette? AnOther Magazine described … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/keira-knightley-to-star-as-french-author-in-colette/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • August 30, 2017By Tayla J.H

    “The only way that she could cope, that she could live, was to write” – Griffin Dunne, Director of We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order To Live Joan Didion is back on the scene in a long awaited documentary directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne after her recently published book: South and West: From a Notebook. This … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/didion-documentary-finally-to-be-released-on-netflix/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • August 19, 2017By Tayla J.H

    “But how quick is the shift of passions from one extreme to another! and how little are they acquainted with the human heart who dispute it!” – ‘Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure’ by John Cleland, 1748 Prior to the publication of D.H Lawrence’s famed Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928 erotic novel about a female … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/an-erotic-novel-from-1748-been-banned-may-have-been-banned-once-again-in-2017/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read