All posts tagged: reallylongread

On Death, Traffic and Dreaming: An Essay

We weren’t particularly close. In fact, we’d never even met in person but I knew him well enough to mourn his loss when I heard the news. Cancer, they said. As much I wanted to, I could not cry. Somehow I could not rationalise the tears. In truth it’s illogical for any of us to think this life goes on forever. Why then does death make us so sad? All lives across time have and will continue to come to an end; this is our commonality, the great equaliser. There is no difference between a dead great man and a dead rabid dog. It is fair to almost feel personal insult by this logic. It seems cruel that after all is said and done, this dark finality is all we have to look forward to.  What, then, is the purpose of all our triumphs and trials? Such a morbid and obscure topic, death, but one I continued to contemplate it as I drove. **In traffic, as in life, the search for greener pastures is often …

Amy Schumer is Not A Racist: On Good Jokes, Bad Jokes and The Wisdom To Know The Difference.

I am a creature of habit in all things, but most especially when it comes to TV. I have a few shows I love and it takes me a really long time to give a new one a chance. I make snap decisions- if you don’t get me at the pilot, it may be season 4 before I check back to see if you’ve stopped being awful. Anyway, everyone I knew and respected were getting quite embarrassingly effusive  about Inside Amy Schumer, so I decided to give it a whirl last night. I didn’t start from season 1. I knew enough about the show to know it was intensely topical, so I thought I’d save myself the faff of filtering all the jokes through the ‘current affairs’ of 2013. Instead, I decided to see what season 3 had to say for itself. Even before the opening credits of S3E1, I was won over by the brilliant, perfectly bonkers mind of the Funniest Woman Of Our Time.* I’m of course talking about the sketch on bottoms, …