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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Artists to Check Out

By Stephanie Wang May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a designation to celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. As a child of immigrants from China, my Asian American identity has been a core part of my identity, allowing me to experience both…

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When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy – a review

By Anna Hill Content warnings: domestic and sexual violence When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy is the first book I’ve read from the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist this year (you can see the whole longlist and the newly released shortlist here), and it has certainly set a high standard. I’ve never read anything from Kandasamy…

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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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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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