It's 2015 and it has become perfectly normal to throw out a t-shirt after there's just no more room in the closet, or if that $4.99 price tag somehow didn't translate to long lasting quality. The fashion industry has turned into the world's biggest polluter after oil and exploits workers in an endless race to cut corners for faster production times and cheap clothing.
David Constantine is one of Britain's most underrated writers. A winner of the BBC National Short Story Award and the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, his balance of the lyrical and the sparse echoes James Salter and John McGahern.
We need publicly-acknowledged leaders to be as brave as the unacknowledged leaders who are our community and local Fun Palaces Makers, those who step up and say, "Yes, I'll do this - we'll do this. We'll create something in, for, by and with my local community - something fun." A nation of engaged and integrated communities - there is no reason we can't have this, it just needs people to say yes.
It's been a year since I agreed my two-book UK deal with Corvus, part of Atlantic Books. We're still a few months away from the January publication, and I'm still a rookie but nonetheless, I've learned a buttload over this last year.
I think one day in the future someone is going to write a blog about an interpretative dance piece that contains what all of our faces looked like when we watched the news this week. But until that time comes, these are my cultural shenanigans from the past seven days.
What really intrigues though is not just how these artists used Pop art to interrogate their own cultures, but how they also responded to the Pop art headliners from the US and the UK.
I always knew that I had a 'famous' relative who was a scientist from what my family told me, but Miss Bilderbeck was the first person that sparked my interest in science and widened my knowledge of Rosalind's work. Clearly her enthusiasm was infectious and has stuck with me ever since.
True young adult fiction is intended, as the name implies, to be read both by adults and those in their late teens. I do not make allowances for my young readers in my writing, and neither do most authors. The storylines are definitely not childish.
Josef Koudelka is something of a legend among photographers. He achieved worldwide fame by capturing the seismic shock felt by his fellow Czechs when, in the summer of 1968, Red Army tanks stormed into Prague to crush a government that had dared to depart from the Kremlin's diktat.
I don't know about you but I've always thought that arts criticism would be way better if it read like the diary of a confused teenage girl. Hence my decision to start writing this blog. Here are some things I like this week.
The face we show the world in photographs is deeply conditioned: look happy, or risk revealing something real. Yet search 'beautiful woman' on Google and the results are posed, unnatural. Fashion famously takes itself so seriously that were a smile to slip onto a catwalk it would be punishable with an intravenous drip of non-diet Coke.
Lest We Forget is a powerful and extraordinary collection of three dance pieces that English National Ballet (ENB) premiered in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Universally critically acclaimed, the show went on to win The South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best Dance.
The struggle of being a parent to a teenager is a long documented one: the slammed doors, the wild mood swings, the homework meltdowns, the arguments, and the realisation your once little darling is growing parts that are turning them from sweet to something distinctly more sexual.
Painted wearing a purple top with matching stilettos complete with tiara, but with her bum out against a backdrop of a Union Jack and the word 'HISTORY', the stencil-style piece appeared on the side of the Winchester pub in Islington, London, N1, on Wednesday.
Unique is the opposite of well known. It is something you have to look hard to find. Everyone wants to experience it, but unfortunately, few people actually do. Blinded by the allures of the (equally beautiful) tourist trails that exist around the world, our travels often lack the authenticity we so crave.
Denise Gough is superb as Emma, a woman battling herself and everyone else as she tries to navigate a path through rehab and out the other side. Emma is in a bad way - her addictions are so profound that they are sabotaging her career, and they've already ruined her relationship with her family.