The news footage from the Conservative Party conference seems to be building up my anger levels. Here, have some therapeutic anger.
They say that anger produces creativity, and I’m certainly feeling some creative vibes coming my way. A new project is in the pipeline, but I shall wait until it’s a bit more fully-formed before announcing it.
This week’s Sunday Soundtrack is in honour of the news that some particles have travelled faster than the speed of light. Which is exciting, if you’re as geekish as I am.
For this week’s Sunday Soundtrack, here’s an offering by a all-girl band I’ve been listening to a lot recently.
I was lucky enough to catch them live at Glastonbury this year, and they were excellent.
Speaking of girl stuff (how’s this for a tenuous link?), I’ve been amused this week by the kerfuffle on various feminist blogs about a lawsuit by a guy named Tom Martin. He signed up for a masters in gender studies with the London School of Economics, but left after 6 weeks. Now he’s suing the LSE because….wait for it…he thinks there’s too much feminism in gender studies. He’s arguing that the course is sexist because it doesn’t talk enough about men.
Funny, I always thought that academics were supposed to love neglected areas of study or gaps in research, because that means they can write about it themselves and make their reputation. I might be missing the point though, as various people have pointed out that his action has more than a whiff of a publicity stunt about it.
Mr Martin is currently in fundraising mode if anyone fancies donating to his campaign. Personally though, I’d suggest to him that the money might be better spent on some tuition fees for a new masters course. If he thinks his arguments are so robust, then actually writing them down and publishing them in academic journals would be more productive (and a hell of a lot cheaper) than filing a frivolous lawsuit.
I was tempted to have a PJ Harvey track as this week’s Sunday Soundtrack. Certainly I think she was a well-deserved winner of the Mercury Prize this week. Let England Shake was one of my favourite albums of the year so far.
However, given the acres of media coverage she’s received as a result of winning, I thought I’d instead give a shout-out to one of the more obscure Mercury nominees.
Ghostpoet intrigues me. There’s a thoughtfulness to his work that I find quite alluring.
Speaking of highlighting the non-obvious, I’ve also been reading this article on the other, forgotten 9/11 tragedy. The one that happened in Chile in 1973. I can’t say I’m a fan of Atrocity Top Trumps, but it did make me think about how, horrific as 9/11 was, it certainly wasn’t the unique event it’s sometimes portrayed as.
Also this week I’ve been reading the blog of Laurie Penny, a feminist writer who both intrigues and infuriates me in equal measure. Just recently she turned down an offer to appear on Celebrity Big Brother. Just yesterday she announced she’s on board a ship heading to the Arctic Circle.
Sounds like a wise choice. I think I’d rather be trapped on an ice floe with a rampaging polar bear than stuck in a house with Jedward and Kerry Katona.
I only started the blog yesterday, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised to be getting some positive feedback, particularly here and here. Thanks to those people.
I think I’ll use Sundays to take a break from talking about child and adolescent mental health, and to have a musical interlude.
For the inaugural Sunday Soundtrack (see what I did there?) I present to you the wonderful Symphony of Science. This artist uses autotune to set the words of scientists like Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman to music.
The result is….wow, kind of trippy.
Relax and enjoy.