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“On Anxiety” anthology – a review

By Pip Williams Content note: Discussion of anxiety On Anxiety is the first anthology from British micropublisher 3 of Cups. The press was set up by founder Clare Bogen, with the admirable goal of “providing a platform for voices otherwise unheard in the mainstream.” This means that On Anxiety is a diverse project, full of wide-ranging voice and experiences…

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What the Torah says about sexual assault

By Sofia Heller Content Note: Sexual assault, sexual violence “Dustin Hoffman accused of sexual assault.” “Mario Batali Tells Fans: Sorry for the Sexual Assault, Here’s a Cinnamon Roll Recipe.” “More Women Accuse Russell Simmons Of Rape, Sexual Assault.” “California Democratic Party official resigns after rape, misconduct allegations.” “Former Intern Accuses Wyoming’s Secretary of State of Sexual Assault.” “Houston firefighter arrested…

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The allegory behind Black Mirror’s “USS Callister”

By Stephanie Wang WARNING: the below includes major plot spoilers for season 4 episode 1 of Black Mirror, “USS Callister” Content note: Sexual violence, control At first glance, “USS Callister” seemingly features some odd Star Trek-adjacent fantasy of a genius programmer, Robert Daly. And at first, viewers tend to sympathise with him – he’s clearly shy…

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SPARK’s Alternative/Indie Albums to Look Forward to in 2018

By Stephanie Wang 2017 was a great year for music, but it’s looking like 2018 may be an even bigger year, especially for alternative and indie fans, with highly anticipated releases from artists like Fall Out Boy, the 1975 and the Arctic Monkeys. While many of these artists have remained silent on the titles and/or…

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SPARK’s Top Queer/Feminist Books 2017

By Anna Hill Do you like feminist and queer books? I’ve read some really incredible stuff this year – some are just new to me in 2017 and some were published in 2017! We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samanth Irby I read this at the very beginning of the summer and it was…

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SPARK’s Best of 2017: Young Adult Fiction

By Sophia Simon-Bashall The Young Adult (YA) community in particular has been blessed this year with some wonderful and diverse reads, though all we’ve really heard about is John Green’s latest (which, granted, is pretty fantastic). It seems a shame that many talented writers and their incredible stories may have been overlooked because a few…

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SPARK’s Best of 2017: Film and Television

By Sophia Simon-Bashall FILM Hidden Figures Hidden Figures came out in 2016 in the US, but only landed in UK cinemas in February this year. It’s a true story untold until now, one of three African-American women whose contributions to NASA in the 1960s were integral to the process of sending the first astronaut into…

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SPARK’s Best of 2017: Music

By Sophia Simon-Bashall EVERYONE’S ‘best of 2017’ list features Lorde’s stunning sophomore album ‘Melodrama’. As wonderful as that album is, it’s not the only one to be released this year. It’s been a painful year to be a music lover, particularly for rock and alternative fans. Equally, our ears have been blessed with some amazing new sounds…

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