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The depiction of masculinity in “Breaking Bad”

Recently I have revisited the show that arguably, spare perhaps The Wire and The Sopranos, kick-started the TV and streaming revolution that has unfolded around us in recent years. In carrying out this exercise, of going back to Bad, I have understood it differently than I did on my initial viewing. The power of Breaking Bad as an amazing...

Hell is other people on stage in No Exit

Jean-Paul Sartre’s Huis Clos explores an afterlife where hell is being with other people in a locked room, inflicting eternal torment on each other. If you recognised this brief summary as a key plot element from a beloved contemporary TV comedy (which I will not name for spoilers’ sake), look no further: the innovative, non-profit artists’ collective Peachy Keen...

A tribute to Stan Lee

Back when I was 11, I was a bit of a geek. I knew of Marvel Comics from one of my friends but nothing more than that. Suddenly, later that year, my friends started to egg me on to see a new movie called Iron Man. I eventually gave in and we went to see it. In the middle...

“Fantastic Beasts” returns with an underwhelming sequel

Toward the end of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, there is an extended sequence wherein a character we barely know narrates to another theoretically important character who is barely in the film the truth of the latter’s backstory, which rests on forced marriage through mind control and apparently ties them into prominent figures from the Harry Potter backstory...

Sleeping Beauty comes to the Byre with a Scottish twist

Let’s face it, pantomimes can be a-bit problematic. Lots of productions now, even in these enlightened times, seem like they’re from decades ago, with elements of transphobia, sexism, and even racism in some cases. Which is a shame – at their best, pantos are fun, magical, and for me at least, they conjure memories of short winter evenings with...

“To be scary is liberating”: A preview to “Blood Wedding”

Focusing on a bride who has no choice but to marry an eligible, young bachelor while still in love with her ex, renowned Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding is a tale of deception and an exploration of fate. Set in Spain in the 1930s, the plot compiles several familiar limitations to the lovers’ blooming romance you’d expect...

UndergraduEats: Student-friendly one pot pasta recipe

There are some things that I love about student housing; for example, that my landlords change light bulbs for us and that I can borrow my flatmate’s top when we decide to go to the Union at the last minute. But washing dishes by hand? Not one of them. Luckily, this one-pot pasta dish makes cleaning up easy. All...

Prepare your bookshelves for St Andrew’s Day

The 30th of November is almost upon us. As someone living in St Andrews for the first time, I’ve been excited about this date all semester. No, it’s not because the day after I can make a start on my advent calendar (because let’s face it, I’m sure you already have). It’s St Andrew’s Day, and as a University...

The mystery of Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait

There is much to be said about the Arnolfini Portrait by Dutch painter Jan van Eyck, which depicts the Italian merchant Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife in their house in Bruges. The painting is rich with symbolism, with the dog representing fidelity, the oranges symbolising wealth, and the candle representing the presence of God. There has been...

A guide to hosting Thanksgiving

If you are one of the many Americans in St Andrews, there is hardly a time to feel more homesick than on Thanksgiving. Instead of clicking through Instagram stories of all your friends being home, it’s best that you prepare a Friendsgiving that will take your mind off it. There are many steps towards making your Friendsgiving go according to...