Jake Belsten

Handbagged review: “a whistle-stop tour of the 80s”

The use of political satire as a form of social commentary and as a comedic art tends to fluctuate over time. Some periods are characterised by apathy and the mundane; others seem to overflow with potential for comic reflection. Arguably our own time is such an example of when the...
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Posted Mar. 5, 2018

Are books bound by their covers?

I judge books by their covers. I shouldn’t, but I do. Like every other first impression– of a new house, a university, other people – we have an inevitable yet regrettable tendency to judge almost exclusively on appearance. As much as we tell ourselves that ‘it’s what’s inside that counts’,...
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Posted Nov. 11, 2017