Hillary Clinton Stepping Away from 2020 Could be a Sign Joe Biden Will Do the Same

Rather unexpectedly, Hillary Clinton announced on Monday that she will not be running in the 2020 U.S presidential election. I say unexpectedly because, while, nobody outside of Donald Trump wanted her to take a third shot at the White House, flat out refusing to run this early in the presidential campaign pretty bluntly takes the … Continue reading Hillary Clinton Stepping Away from 2020 Could be a Sign Joe Biden Will Do the Same

Seven-Minute Abs, Medicare For All, and the Case for Being Bold in 2020

I’ve made it pretty clear in previous posts that I’m not the biggest fan of Hillary Clinton, or specifically, her last two attempts (hopefully) running for the presidency. To some degree, I felt sorry for the many brazenly-sexist attacks she faced during the 2016 election, and thought that in some cases, her position as First … Continue reading Seven-Minute Abs, Medicare For All, and the Case for Being Bold in 2020

Kamala Harris May Never Win Over Black Voters like Obama did, and That’s a Good Thing for African Americans

With African American Senator Kamala Harris now in the lead of declared Democratic presidential nominees for 2020, a roll of articles have focused on her difficulties winning over African Americans to her cause.  In Astead W. Herndon and Susan Chira’s New York Times piece, “Can Kamala Harris Repeat Obama’s Success With Black Voters? It’s Complicated”, … Continue reading Kamala Harris May Never Win Over Black Voters like Obama did, and That’s a Good Thing for African Americans

Immigration, Alienation and Brazen Lies: The Political Warfare of James Graham’s Brexit – Uncivil War

So I found Brexit: Uncivil War to be a surprisingly compelling piece of television on the Leave campaign of the 2016 EU Referendum.  While at times I wish it would have delved into further details on certain areas, it did a great job at underlining both the incredibly facile nature of the Leave campaign’s manifesto … Continue reading Immigration, Alienation and Brazen Lies: The Political Warfare of James Graham’s Brexit – Uncivil War

Surely Joe Biden Can’t Be the Answer to the Democratic Party’s 2020 Prospects?

In poll after poll, ex-Vice President Joe Biden has topped lists of prospective Democratic voters’ preference for who they would vote for in the 2020 Democratic Primaries, typically followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and newcomer political celebrity Rep. Beto O’Rourke. While part of this will be down to simple voter recognition, I … Continue reading Surely Joe Biden Can’t Be the Answer to the Democratic Party’s 2020 Prospects?

Cocktails, Jazz and Flappers: Revisiting ideas of Sophistication and Class in the Gatsby Party

While in recent years I’ve focused more on forms of broad culture such as comedy and its relationship with politics, my undergraduate and Masters specialised in American literature, finding myself falling in love with the works of Sinclair Lewis, Hunter S. Thompson and Ernest Hemingway. However, nobody comes close to my love for F. Scott … Continue reading Cocktails, Jazz and Flappers: Revisiting ideas of Sophistication and Class in the Gatsby Party

The Unbearable Likeability of Ellen DeGeneres’ Relatable

Ellen DeGeneres’ Relatable, her first stand-up special in fifteen years, is an immensely enjoyable, goofy and insightful foray into the minutiae of her life as a celebrity and her reflections on her prominent role as a gay icon.  Throughout the special, there was rarely a moment I didn’t enjoy, and I believe this attests to … Continue reading The Unbearable Likeability of Ellen DeGeneres’ Relatable

Russell Brand’s Re:Birth and his Critique of the British Comic Figurehead

My latest piece on Russell Brand's political stand-up comedy special Re:Birth has been published by the fantastic Mumble Comedy.  If you are interested, you can access it at:  https://mumblecomedy.net/2018/12/17/russell-brands-rebirth-and-his-critique-of-the-british-comic-figurehead/

Bollywood, “Eidster” and Appendices: The Delhi Zingers of Vir Das’ “Losing It”

Recorded in San Francisco, Indian comedian and Bollywood actor Vir Das’ new special Losing It provides insightful explorations of life in the U.S from an Indian perspective, Indian culture and politics, and modern religion. An interesting element of Das’ stand-up strikes at the difficulty of being an immigrant in the U.S, and how he translates … Continue reading Bollywood, “Eidster” and Appendices: The Delhi Zingers of Vir Das’ “Losing It”