An Author Special About Navigating and Embracing Failure with Elizabeth DayThe High Low add
We discuss Lorraine Kelly’s “performative construct”, Dolly’s piece about I’m In Trouble syndrome and what we don’t know - and need to know - about women in prison, rehabilitation and reform.
And we deep-dive into perfectionism, failure and why society needs to re-frame the idea of “childless” women, with novelist and High Low returning guest, Elizabeth Day, whose memoir How To Fail comes out on April 4th.
The High Low is now on Easter holidays. We’ll be back in May!
How To Fail, by Elizabeth Day https://www.waterstones.com/book/how-to-fail/elizabeth-day//9780008327323?awc=3787_1553638468_1a3ae434886bc59cdb0f76a91f73672c&utm_source=176013&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_campaign=Shopping+FM
Brave, Not Perfect, by Reshma Saujani https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/561367/brave-not-perfect-by-reshma-saujani/9781524762339/
Inheritance, by Dani Shapiro https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/554262/inheritance-by-dani-shapiro/9781524732714/
Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, by Joel Golby https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Joel-Golby/Brilliant-Brilliant-Brilliant-Brilliant-Brilliant--Modern/21821485
Jailbirds, by Mim Skinner https://www.orionbooks.co.uk/titles/mim-skinner/jailbirds/9781841883328/
On the enduring feeling that you’re doing something wrong, by Dolly Alderton for The Sunday Times Style https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dolly-alderton-on-that-enduring-feeling-that-you-ve-done-something-wrong-ckl8wpj6s
MotherFatherSon on BBC iPlayer
Hell Yes, I’m Tough Enough fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ben-alderton
Emilia at The Vaudeville Theatre: https://www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/emilia/
After Life on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80998491
The emotional life of primates: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/fresh-air/id214089682?mt=2&i=1000432961859
Interviews with Cat Marnell: https://www.thecut.com/2019/03/cat-marnell-money-book-deal.html
An Interview With Director Dan Reed About Leaving NeverlandThe High Low add
We ring up director Dan Reed to discuss his sensational documentary, Leaving Neverland, which is all anyone else is talking about. We deep-dive into the allegations against Michael Jackson - so long, brushed over - and what Reed's documentary teaches us about child sex abuse, trauma, grooming, the aura of celebrity and how the internet has changed popular culture - and accountability - for the better.
SARC information: https://twitter.com/Essex_SARC
To The Woman, an Audible Originals series https://adbl.co/2HwwPTC
Ordinary People, by Diane Evans https://bit.ly/2OhAK6Z
Life Itself, on Sky or Amazon Prime
Dirty John, on Netflix and podcast, by The LA Times https://lat.ms/2ui8mIW
Louis Theroux, The Night In Question https://bbc.in/2ES7C3f
Color and Light, by Sally Rooney for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/18/color-and-light
Everybody Died, So I Got a Dog, by Emily Dean https://bit.ly/2HIVTGf
Calypso, by David Sedaris https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/David-Sedaris/Calypso/23638009
Is Jair Bolsonaro the New Trump of South America? By Matt Sandy for GQ https://bit.ly/2TeTYLH
Eva Wiseman on flying with babies, for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2UK82hw
Leaving Neverland, on Channel 4 https://bit.ly/2C626Z8
What Michael Jackson sold us: https://bit.ly/2FiRXJb
Michael Jackson's trick was to groom an entire culture, by Emma Brockes for The Guardian https://bit.ly/2JrGaxy
A Day of Reckoning for Michael Jackson, by Amanda Petrusich for The New Yorker https://bit.ly/2HbTovK
Leaving Neverland and Surviving R.Kelly Ask Too Much of Victims, by Nylah Burton for Vulture https://bit.ly/2Y9W2Iv
Dan Reed interview, by Jonathan Dean for The Sunday Times Culture https://bit.ly/2UMKSr4
Dan Reed interview, by Bilge Ebiri for Vulture https://bit.ly/2IcPHYT
Tracy Emin at The White Cube https://whitecube.com/exhibitions/exhibition/tracey_emin_bermondsey_2019
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert: https://www.amazon.co.uk/City-Girls-Elizabeth-Gilbert/dp/1408867044/ref=nodl_
Elizabeth Gilbert on Hello Monday: https://apple.co/2FoQZwm
Marlon James on Desert Island Discs: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003cqx
An author special with Fatima Bhutto on radicalism & what the West doesn’t understand about ISISThe High Low add
*** PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded several days before it was announced that Shamima Begum's baby had died, which is why it is not discussed in this episode ***
This is one of the most important - and certainly prescient - author specials we’ve ever had. The journalist and author Fatima Bhutto (the niece and granddaughter of two Pakistani Prime Ministers and the daughter of a political exile) joins us to discuss her new novel, The Runaways, about the radicalisation of 3 teenagers. As the Shamima Begum - and now Hoda Muthana - citizenship furore gains momentum, we discuss what lures teenagers to the Islamic State, what the West doesn’t understand about radicalisation and the problem with pitting the East, and West against one another. As Fatima says, “who decided that freedom is a Western value? Or that tolerance is a Western value? Why can’t it be an Eastern value, too?”
The Runaways, by Fatima Bhutto https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/308/308064/the-runaways/9780241346990.html
Shamima Begum’s image problem, by Caitlin Moran for The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/caitlin-moran-isis-brides-image-problem-6njvqhlxx
Rukmini Callimachi’s tweet series on Hoda Muthana https://mobile.twitter.com/rcallimachi/status/1098315438478540801?lang=en
Meatmarket, by Juno Dawson (out May 2019) https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/meat-market/9781786540386
Fleabag Series 2, on BBC iPlayer now
Documentary about The Ponds https://www.thepondsfilm.com/about
Whatever Happened To Rachel - One From The Vaults https://m.soundcloud.com/onefromthevaultspodcast/oftv-1-whatever-happened-to-rachel-1
Three Identical Strangers https://www.channel4.com/programmes/three-identical-strangers/episode-guide/
The Marianne Faithfull story https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00030w3
Jim Nicholson remembered on Fresh Air https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/fresh-air/id214089682?mt=2&i=1000430902937
A LIVE episode on Emma Thompson’s Open Letter & Discovering Self-DisciplineThe High Low add
We’re live from Pandora jewellery’s flagship store in London on Friday 1st March, in partnership with Ovacome for Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Aaaand this week we bring you Emma Thompson’s open letter to The LA Times after she quit an animated movie in protest against the studio’s new hire (a man accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment) and we do a deep-dive into self-discipline. Pandora’s discovered the Pomodoro technique; but is Dolly a fan of self-imposed rules? Take a listen and find out.
You, Me & The Big C, a BBC podcast https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/you-me-and-the-big-c-putting-the-can-in-cancer/id1356165446?mt=2
Camping, on Sky Atlantic
This Time with Alan Partridge, on BBC iPlayer
Emma Thompson’s Open Letter to The LA Times https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-et-mn-emma-thompson-john-lasseter-skydance-20190226-story.html%3foutputType=amp
How I Hacked My Most-Used Apps to Calculate My Day Rate, by Anna Codrea-Rado for Contently.Net https://contently.net/2019/02/21/resources/rates/how-i-hacked-my-most-used-apps-to-calculate-my-day-rate/
Relationship Advice From 3 Older Women, by Iman Hariri-Kia for Man Repeller https://www.manrepeller.com/2019/02/older-women-relationship-dating-advice.html
The Joy of Being A Woman in Her 70s by Mary Pipher for The NY Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/12/opinion/sunday/women-older-happiness.amp.html
Zadie Smith on Touré Show podcast https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/cadence13/toure-show/e/53184632
The Secret Life of Spaghetti on Radio 4: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002rk8
Russian Doll on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80211627
Separating the Intrinsic from the Extrinsic; & An Author Special with Candice Carty-WilliamsThe High Low add
The High Low turns TWO this week! Excuse us while we wallow in (the admittedly shallow) nostalgia of it all.
This week we discuss the Oscars; the ongoing case of Shamima Begum’s citizenship; the Insta-tributes to Karl Lagerfeld; and the Martin Scorsese fan who wants to erase a film ending he doesn’t like. Where does our ability to meme popular culture end; and how will it affect problematic art? Is Animal Hospital without Rolf, just a koala hanging in mid-air?
Today we have an author special with Candice Carty-Williams, whose debut novel, Queenie, has been making waves ahead of its publication (published by Trapeze on 11th April.) Queenie is the young black female protagonist you’ve been hoping for - and the book is funny, raw and wise in equal measure.
Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams. Pre-order the Waterstones exclusive https://www.waterstones.com/book/queenie/candice-carty-williams/9781409180050
City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert (out June 2019)
Lorena, on Amazon Prime
David Remnick on TBD with Tina Brown https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/tbd-with-tina-brown/id1441327188?mt=2&i=1000430163514
Johann Hari on The Joe Rogan Experience with Joe Rogan https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-joe-rogan-experience/id360084272?mt=2&i=1000430287073
How Trump Made Andrea Dworkin Relevant Again, by Michelle Goldberg for The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/22/opinion/sunday/trump-feminism-andrea-dworkin.amp.html
Dani Shapiro on writing a memoir (2016), for The New York Times
Do The Jews Own Anxiety? By Daniel Smith (2012) for The New York Times
The Complicated Case of Shamima Begum; & Why The ‘Tortured Artist’ Debate Should Be RetiredThe High Low add
*** PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded about 8 hours before it was announced that Shamima Begum had been denied entry back to the UK and was stripped of her British citizenship.***
This week, we discuss the most flammable news story of the week: the return of Shamima Begum, the 19 year old Londoner who fled to the Islamic State 4 years ago and returned to have her 3rd baby in the UK. Home Secretary Sajid Javid wants to deny her entry - but should a humane society seek to rehabilitate? We also discuss the idea that “young women do not know their own minds” and why vulnerability does not negate agency.
Also this week, we discuss the allegations against singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, and why the ‘tortured artist’ trope is tired and misogynistic.
Plus, Jenna Coleman’s interview gone viral, creepy finger grapes and Dolly’s favourite new musical.
I Met Fear On A Hill, by Leslie Jamison for The Paris Review https://www.theparisreview.org/letters-essays/7318/i-met-fear-on-the-hill-leslie-jamison
In Search of Equilibrium, by Theresa Lola http://ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/in%20search%20of%20equilibrium.html
The Sisterhood, by Daisy Buchanan https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-sisterhood/daisy-buchanan/9781472238856
Roma, on Netflix now
The possibility of redemption is central to a humane society, by Kenan Malik for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/17/possibility-of-redemption-is-central-to-a-humane-society-shamima-begum
Shamima doesn’t look like anyone’s victim, by Janice Turner for The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/shamima-doesn-t-look-like-anyone-s-victim-whtkc9qln
Anthony Lloyd discusses Shamima Begum https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/shamima-begum-isis-bride
Shamima Begum interview with Quentin Sommerville for BBC News https://youtu.be/TGAxm6KJTWE
A Love Letter to realism in a time of grief: https://www.ted.com/talks/mark_pollock_and_simone_george_a_love_letter_to_realism_in_a_time_of_grief?language=en
Rosita Boland’s investigative piece on Ann Lovett’s boyfriend Richard McDonnell for The Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/i-was-ann-lovett-s-boyfriend-1.3484311?mode=amp
Daisy Jones and The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daisy-Jones-Taylor-Jenkins-Reid/dp/1786331519/ref=nodl_
Anna Leszkiewicz on Johnny Depp for The New Statesman: https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/film/2018/10/johnny-depp-gq-cover-domestic-abuse-allegations
Laura Snapes on Ryan Adams for The...
Valentine's Day, Liam Neeson's Race Row & A Most Literary LiarThe High Low add
We couldn't not discuss Liam Neeson's race row and The New Yorker long-read setting the publishing world alight: about best-selling novelist Dan Mallory, aka AJ Finn, who built his career on an extensive web of lies. How did it take a decade for anyone to see through his deception? And what does it tell us about the publishing world - and ourselves?
Also today, we discuss Valentine's Day (and reveal our best and worst and our plans for this year), the diversity of vaginas and the M&S love sausage.
Vagina: A Re-Education, by Lynn Enright https://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/lgbt-gender-studies/vagina-a-reeducation,lynn-enright-9781911630012
A Suspense Novelist’s Trail is Deception, by Ian Parker for The New Yorker https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/11/a-suspense-novelists-trail-of-deceptions/amp
Why I Photographed 100 Vaginas, by Laura Dodsworth for The BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/Why_I_Photographed_100_Vulvas
Rachel Cooke on Dan Mallory for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/10/we-rush-to-condemn-fakers-such-as-dan-mallory-world-has-made-impostors-of-us-all
Otegha Uwagba’s In Good Company podcast with Abigail Bergstrom https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/otegha-uwagba/id1294215581?mt=2&i=1000426027620
TBD with Tina Brown interview with Laura Wasser https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/tbd-with-tina-brown/id1441327188?mt=2&i=1000428209917
Josh Barrie eats the Love Sausage for iNews https://www.inews.co.uk/news/consumer/love-sausage-m-and-s-valentines-day-2019-taste-test-review/amp/
The Last Days Of August https://www.audible.co.uk/?ref=Adbl_ip_rdr_from_US&source_code=AUK30DFT1BkWS010516905U&ipRedirectFrom=US&ipRedirectOriginalURL=pd%2FThe-Last-Days-of-August-Audiobook%2FB07JK61MK3
Richard E Grant on Awards Chatter https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/awards-chatter/id1039032256?mt=2&i=1000429288454
Camping, on Sky Atlantic
True West, at the Vaudeville Theatre in London
Fyre Festival, Sex Education & A Bumper Book ChatThe High Low add
We’re back! Have you missed us? Dolly’s tits-deep in her Everything I Know About Love tour (buy tickets here: faneproductions.com/dolly and the paperback is out now) and Pandora’s essay, The Authentic Lie, for independent crowd-funding publisher, The Pound Project, is now open for pledging. Buy in online or mini book form, here! (Plus, there’s a foreword by Elizabeth Day.) https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/poundproject/the-pound-project-part-four-pandora-sykes
This week we discuss everything we’ve been enjoying since Christmas - what we’ve been watching, listening to and reading (a lot.) It’s all listed below. Sign the The High Low’s sub-editor and freelance journalist Anna Codrea Rado’s brilliant open letter to the media, to secure #FairPayForFreelancers http://bit.ly/fairpayforfreelancers. Donate to help The Pool's staff and freelancers get paid: https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-pool-staff-and-freelancers-get-paid?pc=&rcid=r01-154905562015-fce176adade44eb7
Tweet us @thehighlowshow
Notes To Self, by Emilie Pine
Ordinary People, by Diana Evans
All That Man Is, by David Szalay
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Duped, by Abby Ellin
The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris
Once More We Saw Stars, by Jayson Greene
Vox, by Christina Dalcher
Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult
A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult
My Year or Rest and Relaxation, by Odessa Moshfegh
Swan Song, by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott
Bottled Goods, by Sophie van Llewyn
Putney, by Sofka Zinovieff
Instead of a Letter, by Diana Athill
The Orange, by Wendy Cope
Watching & Listening
Bros: After The Screaming Stops, available on BBC iPlayer
Origins With James Andrew Miller, on Sex And The City
Bohemian Rhapsody, at cinemas now
The Favourite, at cinemas now
Mary Poppins Returns, at cinemas now
Emily Blunt, interviewed on Fresh Air
Alison Janney, on WTF
Sex Education, on Netflix now
Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, on Netflix now
Wendy Cope, on Desert Island Discs
Diana Athill, on Desert Island Discs
Lauren Bravo for foodism https://foodism.co.uk/features/long-reads/romantic-food-myths-and-realities/
The World of Nora Ephron: a reading list https://foodism.co.uk/features/long-reads/romantic-food-myths-and-realities/
The Ten best life mantras of Diana Athill: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/10-best-life-mantras-brilliant-author-diana-athill/
Diana Athill interviewed for The Lenny Letter: https://www.lennyletter.com/story/diana-athill-interview
Dolly's songs about places playlist -
A Pretty Daft End to 2018The High Low add
It’s our favourite time of year: Betwixtmas. We hope you’re face-planted on the sofa, whilst we waltz down your ears with this end of year episode. Dolly devises a very silly quiz which *sort* of refers to things that happened in 2018 and sort of includes rogue personal questions about her internet provider. The High Low is taking a winter holiday, so here’s what’s on our bookshelf to devour — whilst the pod is sunning itself with a cocky by the pool, restoring and renewing its energy for a new term in February.
The Milkman, by Anna Burns
Kudos, by Rachel Cusk
Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant, by Joel Golby
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Notes to Self, by Emilie Pine
The Parisian, by Isabella Hammad
Vox, by Christine Dalcher
Diary of a Somebody, by Brian Bilston
Duped: Double Lives, False Identities, and the Con Man I Almost Married, by Abby Ellin
A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult
Sweet, Fruit, Sour, Land by Rebecca Ley
The High Low will be back in early February!
A Jolly Christmas SpecialThe High Low add
It’s Chriiiiiiiistmas! From cracker jokes to festive songs; Yuletide readings and actual Christmas cards from the ACTUAL ye olde mail bag; a host of Christmas surveys unpicked and the ultimate question: should a parent ever tell their kid Father Christmas doesn’t exist?
Also today, a ton of recs and a quick-fire festive round of Ask The High Low.
The Pact We Made, by Layla AlAmmar https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/9780008284442/the-pact-we-made/
Hannah Gadsby meets Roxane Gay for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/dec/08/hannah-gadsby-roxane-gay-in-conversation-body-image-fan-encounters-trolls
Reni Eddo-Lodge on the Blackfishing Phenomenon for British Vogue https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/blackfishing-phenomenon
Aimee Mullins interview in the current issue of PORTER magazine, out now
Christine Amanpour: Sex and Love Around the World, on Netflix
The American Meme on Netflix
Jill Soloway Wants It, TBD by Tina Brown https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/tbd-with-tina-brown/id1441327188?mt=2&i=1000424654080
The psychology power of the toys we keep, by Moya Sarner for The Guardian https://theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/12/still-have-childhood-teddy-psychological-power-toys-we-keep
Conversations On Love, by Natasha Lunn https://tinyletter.com/Conversations_on_Love
Why We Should Be Cautious Of Banning Songs; & The Internet’s Abuse Against WomenThe High Low add
It was the week of Knickers (the cow too big for the abattoir), a Guardian long-read about poo (much to Dolly’s dismay) and Ada Hegerberg, the Norwegian Ballon d’Or winner who coolly refused to twerk.
This episode, we discuss the proposed ban of the Christmas song, ‘Baby It’s Cold Out Here’, on account of its supposed coercion (“I really must go”) and connotations of date-rape (“what’s in this drink?”) But, when you dig into the lyrics and read what music historians have to say - it turns out this song was the very opposite. Is this a reminder that a ‘past-present’ translator is mandatory, with cultural artifacts? And Google, when are you making one?
Also on the agenda, abuse against women on social media, as written about by journalists Polly Vernon, in Grazia and Daisy Buchanan, on Twitter. Polly calls every day ‘Righteous Internet Pile-in Day’ where women are “attacked, vilified and lampooned by complete strangers.” Meanwhile, Daisy says “I’m sick of being told to just ignore it. What has become so broken?” We discuss the internet’s empathy deficit and why Amnesty International has declared abuse against women on the internet a violation of human rights.
Mrs Wilson on iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b0btk3w3
Babies: Their Wonderful World, on iPlayer https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b0bt7v0j
What Red Was, by Rosie Price, pre-order here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-Red-Was-Rosie-Price/dp/1787301389
Bowel Movement - the push to change the way you poo, by Alex Blasdel for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/nov/30/bowel-movement-change-the-way-you-poo-squatty-potty-toilet
Vanessa Paridis gets uppity with Chrissy Iley, by (um) Chrissy Iley for The Sunday Times Magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-interview-vanessa-paradis-singer-and-johnny-depps-ex-gets-uppity-with-chrissy-iley-6bftjx57w
"I got used to lying. I didn’t want anyone to find out’” -An interview with Mel C, by Simon Hattenstone for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/dec/01/mel-b-i-got-used-to-lying-i-didnt-want-anyone-to-find-out
My Cook Book Crushes, by Nora Ephron: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/02/13/serial-monogamy
The Marvellous Mrs Maisel on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07G9PHJJH
Nish Kumar on The Adam Buxton Podcast: http://adam-buxton.co.uk/podcasts/ep87-nish-kumar
If you want to write an IRL letter for Dolly’s ***new IRL ye old mailbag***, please send your wax-sealed correspondence to: Grace O’Leary, Independent Talent Group, 40 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 2RH
A LIVE Episode on 'Emotional Labour' - The New Gas-Lighting? - & How We Discuss Our Bodies on Social MediaThe High Low add
We're back at Google's Curiosity Rooms to celebrate the launch of their Google Pixel 3 phone and we're still not over Baby Shark. On the agenda today: the zeitgeisty new buzz-phrase 'emotional labour'. What does it mean and are we using it correctly? We also discuss Sarah Michelle Gellar's thanksgiving gaffe, after she shared a pic of her in her underwear, as a 'warning' not to over-eat at Thanksgiving. Do women in the public eye hold responsibility for how we feel about their bodies? Plus, how incels are using sex robots; a powerful piece of 'ethical-dilemma' fiction about abortion; and our guardian angel Tina Brown's new podcast.
Russell Brand on Happy Place, by Fearne Cotton https://www.acast.com/happy-place/russell-brand
A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Jodi-Picoult/A-Spark-of-Light--from-the-author-everyone-should-be-reading/22391565
The Reddit sex robot forums radicalising men, by Jade Angeles Fitton for New Statesman https://www.newstatesman.com/2018/11/no-bio-wife-will-ever-be-loyal-reddit-sex-robot-forums-radicalising-men
Joni Mitchell Taught Me How To Feel:
TBD with Tina Brown
On Margate Sands by Octavia Bright:
Just Eat It by Laura Thomas:
M&S Undiesgate; Lena Dunham's Bare-All Interview; & The Missionary Killed By A TribeThe High Low add
The Baby Shark ear-worm; Joanna Lumley saying the word 'waz'; and the Chinese man who got so drunk on Black Friday (aka Single's Day in China) he bought a salamander and a tiny Thai pig. Oh, it's a good week at The High Low.
Today we discuss M&S's Christmas display - a woman in red lace underwear next to a man in a suit - which one Twitter user gone viral called "vomit-inducing." Is it? We also discuss John Allen Chau, the American missionary killed by the isolated Sentinelese tribe and Lena Dunham's extraordinarily revealing interview for New York Magazine.
Budget Christmas ad goes viral https://www.thedrum.com/news/2018/11/26/budget-love-gift-christmas-ad-goes-viral
Little Mix: these issues of body shaming needed exposure, by Gaby Hinsliff for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/23/little-mix-body-shaming-piers-morgan-naked-strip
Meet the traumatised Asian men who are trapped in forced marriages, by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown for The Sunday Times magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/meet-the-traumatised-asian-men-who-are-trapped-in-forced-marriages-9n2cl5tsr
It melts plastic and can kill - so why is club drug GHB on the rise? By Alexandra Jones for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/24/club-drug-ghb-melts-plastic-kill
Ayiti, by Roxane Gay https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Roxane-Gay/Ayiti/21948009
Lena Dunham Comes To Terms With Herself, by Allison P. Davis https://www.thecut.com/2018/11/lena-dunham-comes-to-terms-with-herself.html#comments
Amy Schumer on The Armchair Expert: https://armchairexpertpod.com/pods/amy-schumer
Bougie London Literary Woman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BougieLitWoman
Bougie London Literary Woman interviewed for Vice: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/59v9yq/a-bewitching-interview-with-bougie-london-literary-woman
The Curious Case of Mrs Hinch; & Comedy's Diversity IssueThe High Low add
It was the week of the BBC's 100 Women of the Year list, Hockney's record-breaking art sale and the story of Deke Duncan, a radio jockey playing to an audience of one (Dolly's spirit animal.)
On today's agenda, the 'cleanfluencer' phenomenon, Mrs Hinch - who has over 1.3 million IG followers and shares videos of herself cleaning. Why DO people go so potty for her? Does she offer an ordered escape from a terrifyingly messy world?
And we discuss Lolly Adefope's wry joke about a whitewashed comedy line-up - which escalated into a perceived 'race row' and saw Lolly cast in the role of 'Angry Black Woman.' Why is calm and valid criticism so hard for us to accept? And what does it say about diversity - or rather, the continued lack of it?
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Mother Ship, by Francesca Segal https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1116702/mother-ship/9781784742690.html
Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex? By Katie Julian for The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/12/the-sex-recession/573949/
Popular, by Mitch Prinstein https://www.amazon.co.uk/Popular-Finding-Happiness-Success-Relationships/dp/039956375X
BBC's 100 Women list of 2018 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-46225037
Tara Westover on How To Fail, with Elizabeth Day https://www.acast.com/how-to-fail1/how-to-fail-tara-westover
When Michelle Met Oprah - Dec issue of ELLE UK https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/a25007149/michelle-obama-is-still-optimistic/
Could The Palm Oil Boycott Increase Deforestation?: https://theconversation.com/palm-oil-boycott-could-actually-increase-deforestation-sustainable-products-are-the-solution-106733
Why Young Men Need More Pornography, by Eva Wiseman: https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/young-men-pornography
India Knight on Sex Education for Girls: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/india-knight-mp-jess-phillips-sex-ed-must-change-help-girls-take-ownership-bodies-97c96k5n7
Homecoming on Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/B07FP41Z59
Lena Dunham on Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard: https://armchairexpertpod.com/pods/lena-dunham
Elizabeth Gilbert on The Ted Interview: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/elizabeth-gilbert-shows-up-for-everything/id1437306870?i=1000421929243&mt=2
Collins Word of The Year; Iceland's Banned Xmas Ad; & Why Do 46% of Men Remove Their Body Hair?The High Low add
It's World Kindness Day & Dolly has a beautiful poem to kick us off, whilst Pandora has a new Spotify suggestion for everyone who went nutty for French Chill.
46% of men remove their body hair, up from 36% in 2017. Is it the fusion of porn culture and pop culture?
Plus we discuss Collins dictionary's word of the year - 'single-use.' What were the other contenders? Are you a plogger?
Lastly, Iceland's Christmas ad, banned for being political, after the supermarket re-branded a Greenpeace advert warning against the dangers of palm oil.
Good Morning Jazz on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX71VcjjnyaBQ?si=fPT3z_VuSti-bZBSfccYPQ
Like Women, Men Are Now Suffering in Their Pursuit of the 'Perfect Body', by Barbara Ellen for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/11/men-suffer-as-much-as-women-in-their-pursuit-of-the-perfect-body
Victoria's Secret is Trying to Change With The Times. Or is it? By Vanessa Friedman for The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/fashion/victorias-secret-liberation-in-corsets-and-spike-heels.html
Nick Cave on grief, for The Red Hand Files https://www.theredhandfiles.com/communication-dream-feeling/
Yes I Have White Parents. But I Have African Ancestry Too, by Anthony Ekundayo Lennon for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/10/white-parents-african-ancestry-anthony-ekundayo-lennon
Anthony Ekundayo Lennon and The Left's Dilemma About Race, by Toby Young for The Spectator https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p06lh7gk/informer-series-1-1-no-sleep-till-brooklyn
The Sinner Season 2 https://www.netflix.com/title/80175802
To The Woman Crying Uncontrollably In TheNext Stall, by Kim Addonizio http://diodepoetry.com/v9n1/content/addonizio_k.html
Barneys, Books, and Bust-ups: 50 Years of The Booker Prize https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bntjf6
Sally4ever on Now TV https://www.nowtv.com/gb/watch/sally4ever/iYEQZ2rcf32XP8H8XCTxU5
The Adam Buxton Podcast https://www.acast.com/adambuxton
Petition to release Iceland's banned Christmas advert on TV
A Deep-Dive Into The Epidemic of Anxiety, with Author Olivia SudjicThe High Low add
From Prince George memes (@garyjanetti) to vegan abuse (last week journalist William Sitwell was sacked from the Waitrose Food magazine, for his jokes about killing vegans) via the healthiest/ unhealthiest high streets in the UK, as voted by The Royal Society of Public Health. Edinburgh won, Grimsby lost, and you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out why.
Today we have author Olivia Sudjic on the show to discuss her new essay, Exposure, about the anxiety that threatened to engulf her after her debut novel, Sympathy, became a literary success. Part literary criticism, drawing on some of her favourite works by female authors, Sudjic’s intelligent, sharp, thoughtful and deeply confronting essay discusses not just anxiety but all of its merry cohorts: insomnia, self-surveillance, self-loathing, sabotage, imposter syndrome and the gender imbalance when it comes to critiquing women’s fiction (as Roxane Gay points out, Knausgård is never called a ‘diarist‘.) Sudjic discusses what it means to be a published author, divorcing yourself from your art and why anxiety, when correctly managed, can be a positive force: a galvanizing ‘self-awareness’ which keeps you writing.
According to The World Health Organisation (2017) over 260 million people worldwide suffer from an anxiety disorder; it affects almost twice as many women as men. Oft considered a modern epidemic, the subject is something we’ve long deliberated about covering on The High Low, but have never had the nerve. We hope the conversation proves as valuable to others, as much as it did us.
Please do note that nothing discussed in today’s episode constitutes advice from a healthcare professional. If you think you might be suffering from anxiety, or an anxiety disorder, please do contact your local GP, or visit mind.org.uk and anxietyuk.org.uk to get the help and support you need.
The Little Drummer Girl https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bqs366
There She Goes (all BBC iPlayer) https://www.bbc.co.uk/search?q=there+she+goes&sa_f=search-product&scope=
The Good Place on Netflix https://www.netflix.com/title/80113701
A Love Story for Bewildered Girls, by Emma Morgan (February 2019, pre-order now) https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/309/309817/a-love-story-for-bewildered-girls/9780241357767.html
Zoe Williams on William Sitwell's resignation: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/31/waitrose-editor-quits-vegan
You're Booked with Daisy Buchanan: https://www.acast.com/booked
Sheridan Smith interviewed for The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/nov/03/sheridan-smith-fell-apart-lost-my-mind-tom-lamont
Morwenna Ferrier on the fashion in Killing Eve:
We Talk Mini Skirts; Philip Green; & The Role of Injunctions in Modern SocietyThe High Low add
Since we’ve been gone, Apple has added cream cheese to its emoji bagel after furious complaints (we discuss what we have on OUR bagels and spoiler alert: it’s not cream cheese, Apple); Urban Outfitters has produced an “influencer’ Halloween costume of crop top and leggings; and, of course, a new scandal which features a megalomaniac at its centre, has broken: Arcadia chairman, Philip Green, has been accused of sexual and racial harassment after peer Lord Hain exercised his parliamentary immunity (where injunctions do not apply) to name him as the anonymous retail boss who allegedly paid off employees. We discuss the difference between the injunction and the NDA and what constitutes ‘in the public interest.’
Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom
Seven Days of Us, by Francesca Hornak
Rituals For Everyday, by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips (pre-order) https://www.hive.co.uk/Search/Keyword?keyword=Rituals%20for%20Every%20Day&productType=0
Late In The Day, by Tessa Hadley (pre-order)
A Keeper, by Graham Norton
The class of 1946-2018: Twenty-seven school-shooting survivors bear their scars, and bear witness, as told to Jared Soule and Amelia Schonbek, with a portfolio shot by Michael Avedon for New York magazine
What is camp now? By Charlie Porter, for The Financial Times
Why it’s okay to cut off family members, by Sali Hughes, for The Pool
Busy Phillips on WTF: http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episode-959-busy-philipps
Richard E Grant on WTF: http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episode-960-richard-e-grant-brian-posehn
Roisin Meets Richard E Grant: https://soundcloud.com/irishtimes-lifestyle/richard-e-grant
With Nails by Richard E Grant:
An Author Special with Lindsey Hilsum, On Marie Colvin and War JournalismThe High Low add
By the time she died in Syria, in 2012, Marie Colvin was one of the world’s most renowned and courageous war correspondents. Recognised for her trademark eye patch - the consequence of a grenade in Sri Lanka, in 2001 - and revered as a journalist, with a 25 year tenure at The Sunday Times, Marie Colvin had a personal life as tumultuous as the war zones she covered. With the help of 300 of Marie’s journals, her friend and colleague, Channel 4’s International Editor, Lindsey Hilsum, has written a funny, frank and moving biography, In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin, where she separates the myth from the woman: as brave as she is glamorous; as fierce as she is vulnerable. Ahead of the release of A Private War - a film of Marie’s life, with Rosamund Pike as Marie and Jamie Dornan as photographer, Paul Conroy - we talk to Lindsey about her friendship with Marie, the reality of being a war correspondent and how you keep mentally strong and sane, the bad news cycle, social media and MeToo.
Pre-order In Extremis, by Lindsey Hilsum (published 11th November by Penguin) here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1111214/in-extremis/9781784740931.html
Tom Daley’s Desert Island Discs https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0blhfpj
Witness for the Prosecution, an Agatha Christie play on London’s Southbank https://www.southbanklondon.com/Witness-for-the-Prosecution
How Goop’s haters made Gwyneth Paltrow’s Company worth $250 million - by Taffy Brodesser-Akner for The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/25/magazine/big-business-gwyneth-paltrow-wellness.html
Blythe Danner on The Goop Podcast:
Simon Cowell on Desert Island Discs:
Sara Pascoe on theatre:
Information on Lips choir:
Why 1/3 of Gen Z Don’t Drink; & How Feelings Took Over The WorldThe High Low add
Everyone’s talking about Kanye’s nutty meeting with Trump in The Oval Office last week; whilst Melania, in her most frank televised interview yet, described herself as the most bullied person in the world. Meanwhile, Fendi has made a £750 scarf which looks like a vulva (transcendental experience of being ‘born again’ presumably baked in to the price), the Duchess of Sussex is having a baby and we discuss the juiciest tidbits of the 850-guest royal wedding that we both, accidentally, got really quite into.
Also this week we discuss why 1/3 of Gen Z don’t drink (and interview two Gen Z authors Scarlett Curtis and Charly Cox about their differing attitudes to alcohol) and some brilliant pieces of journalism this weekend by Josh Glancy and Max Hastings, that discuss how feelings have trumped rational thought. Is The Enlightenment’s 300-year intellectual tenure under threat? And what are the dangers of placing heart and gut above facts and mind?
It’s time to do away with the gay best friend, by Philip Ellis for Man Repeller https://www.manrepeller.com/2018/10/gay-best-friend-stereotype.html
I’ll Be There For You, by Kelsey Miller https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Kelsey-Miller/Ill-Be-There-For-You/22458067
Motherhood, by Sheila Heti https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Sheila-Heti/Motherhood/22325906
The xx, by Angela Chadwick https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Angela-Chadwick/XX/22437212
Christene Barberich interviews Hanya Yanaghihara for Refinery29’s UnStyled podcast https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/hanya-yanagihara-on-making-your-mark-in-brave-new-media/id1171140955?i=1000421309939&mt=2
@brian_bilston on Instagram for poetry
How have we let feelings obscure rational debate, by Josh Glancy’s column for The Sunday Times magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/josh-glancy-brett-kavanaugh-case-has-ignited-online-fury-like-never-before-how-have-we-let-feelings-obscure-rational-debate-6nq6h6hpq
We’re in a dark age where hearts rule minds, by Max Hastings for The Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/we-re-in-a-dark-age-where-hearts-rule-minds-5p7gl6g5q
For millennials, thinking and emotions are equals — more or less, by Karl Moore https://www.forbes.com/sites/karlmoore/2017/06/26/for-millennials-thinking-and-emotions-are-equals-more-or-less/amp/
Sophie Wilkinson on Cara Delevigne for Grazia:
Strictly’s Scandal, Johnny Depp’s GQ Cover & The NothingburgerThe High Low add
It’s our favourite time of year: The OED have released their new admissions. Are you feeling bongga? Or are you - whisper it - just a nothingburger?
We also discuss the Banksy that shredded itself; Brett Kavanaugh’s ascendancy into The Supreme Court; Taylor Swift’s Instagram politics; and that time Trump walked around with a wad of bog roll stuck to his shoe. It’s the little things.
This episode concerns two men accused of domestic abuse - comedian Seann Walsh, and Johnny Depp who currently covers British GQ. Were Strictly Come Dancing wrong not to drop Walsh? Were GQ wrong to profile Depp? We deep-dive into both and wonder: what’s the protocol, when it comes to the accused?
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Stacey Dooley Investigates: Fashion’s Dirty Secrets, on the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bn6034
Can I re-think my love affair with clothes? by Jess Cartner-Morley for The Guardian magazine https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2018/oct/06/sustainable-fashion-impact-on-planet-jess-cartner-morley
Sorry For Your Loss, on Facebook Watch
A Woman’s Anger, an episode with Rebecca Traister for Call Your Girlfriend podcast https://www.callyourgirlfriend.com/a-womans-anger-with-rebecca-traister/
Good and Mad, by Rebecca Traister https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Rebecca-Traister/Good-and-Mad--The-Revolutionary-Power-of-Womens-Anger/22853939
Notes On A Nervous Planet, by Matt Haig https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Matt-Haig/Notes-on-a-Nervous-Planet/21949786
‘The Outlaw’ - Johnny Depp will not be buried, by Jonathan Heaf for British GQ https://t.co/0d7xQvg0yB
Wanderlust on The BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bjckgv
Not Working by Lisa Owens Radio Adaptation: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07blldr
Christopher Bland Award for Writing: https://rsliterature.org/award/rsl-christopher-bland-prize/
Daisy Buchanan on Rebecca Humphries’ statement for The Pool: https://www.the-pool.com/news-views/opinion/2018/41/Strictly-Come-Dancing-Seann-Walsh-ex-girlfriend-statement