An Unexpected Journey: Re-watching The Hobbit trilogy


As a little Easter treat to myself, I wrote an essay about why The Hobbit films are more nuanced and important than I first thought they were

What is the future of fame?

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What started off as a New Year essay turned into a 12 month reflection on celebrity culture. This is the only essay I’ve managed to write and publish this year… it’s been a busy one

‘Élite’: The ‘Gossip Girl’ alternative


In the face of a problematic new Gossip Girl re-make, I explore why Spanish teen drama Élite is an important and relevant alternative

Paris Hilton and us

TIP Again

Coinciding with World Mental Health Day, I discuss Paris Hilton’s archetypal journey from adolescence to womanhood. Click here for more.

Lana Del Rey and whiteness

Blackest Day Higher QUality

I critique the racial coding in a series of problematic statements published by Lana Del Rey, which come in a week of heightened racial violence in the USA. Click here to read more.

Masculinity in crisis: The Catcher in the Rye and Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Catcher in the Rye

This week, I pen an essay about masculinity in JD Salinger’s novel and Lana Del Rey’s sixth studio album. These two texts are allies in their deconstruction of hyper-masculinity and their integration of the feminine. Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is also given a hearty mention.

Rodin and the politics of sculpture

Gates of Hell

I write about the personal and political of Rodin’s sculptures, with mentions given to Charles Baudelaire, Barbara Hepworth, Anish Kapoor, Comme des Garcons and Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue the British Parliament.

First Response: Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood 2/2

Sharon Tate

In Part Two of my first response to Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film, I challenge recent critiques of the film. In particular, I argue that the film’s representation of Sharon Tate and other women is subversive, subtle, sophisticated and ultimately empowering.

First Response: Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood 1/2

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In Part One of my first response to Quentin Tarantino’s new film, I offer a close reading of the Spahn Ranch scene to inform a discussion of Tarantino’s play with expectation in the film.

Abyssal Cuteness

Abyssal Cuteness

First published on Everyday Analysis, 19th September 2014

First written and published in 2014, I introduce this essay to Harping On. I use Nietzsche’s conception of the Apollonian and Dionysian drives to deconstruct a little girl’s existential crisis.



After a weekend reading T.S Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’ for the first time, I decided to commit this 2014 paper to my blog. Here, I compare the fallout of conflict in ‘The Burial of the Dead’ from Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’ and Titania and Oberon’s quarrel in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

Dior: Designer of Dreams


I visited the ‘Dior: Designer of Dreams’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum and it was stunning. Read my thoughts here, covering Christian Dior’s love for women, my love for Raf Simons and what I’ve come to love about Maria Grazia Chiuri’s design output as creative director.

Death in fashion: Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld, creative director of Chanel, Fendi and his own eponymous label, died on 19th February 2019. I reflect on his career, controversies and what his passing entails.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2019: I am a witness


To mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019, I’ve written about the trip I took to Auschwitz when I was 16 with the Holocaust Educational Trust.

#ArmisticeDay100 one week on

War is Over

After a week of aggressive political posturing, I argue that we need to deconstruct and re-think remembrance: going beyond the performative symbolic poppy to build a more progressive and responsible world.

First Response: Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching

A gobbit-style close reading of Lao Tsu’s ancient spiritual text, Tao Te Ching, with particular focus on how we interpret wu wei, or ‘non-action’.

Leaving Facebook

Alessio Jacona

I write a piece about my decision to leave Facebook

In defence of ‘mother!’


In light of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, I argue that Darren Aronofsky’s controversial and much-reviled ‘mother!’ is a timely and progressive film that challenges the construct of the female muse.

First response: ‘The Brothers Karamzov’ and religion


A gobbit-style close reading of Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamzov, with a particular focus on religion in the novel. I also draw comparisons with John Donne’s Sonnet 14 from his Divine Meditations.

‘It’s hard to dance with the devil on your back, so shake him off’: thoughts on the 2015 General Election Result 


First published on Cloudbanks and Shimbleshanks, 8th May 2015

I revisit an essay from 2015 in which I discuss the implications of the 2015 General Election result, where the Conservative party won an outright majority.

Lana Del Rey: music, fans and commercial mayhem

Lana Money

Lana Del Rey’s new LP Lust for Life was released on Friday 21st July 2017. I critique the build-up and marketing of the album in the days leading up to the release, particularly the interaction with fans

Open Letter to Nancy Rothwell


Upon the appointment of George Osborne as the new Honorary Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, I pen an open letter arguing that this superficial move plunges the university into ideological infamy.

Remembering Alexander McQueen: Allegory

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First written in September 2015

The abyssal nature of Alexander McQueen’s oevure actively opens and prompts further interpretation. I critique McQueen’s relationship with history and death through Walter Benjamin’s conception of allegory.

Remembering Alexander McQueen: Abyss

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First written in September 2015

Alexander McQueen was remembered at an internationally lauded exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2015. I re-examine his work and our remembrance of his work using the critical lens of Jacques Derrida.

Disney devours his children: deconstruction or unoriginality?

Mickey Mouse Masks

First published in November 2014 on Cloudbanks and Shimbleshanks

Disney has  announced a string of live-action remakes of its own animated films. With reference to Jacques Derrida and Theodor Adorno, I question whether these will be progressive re-workings of old films or plain evidence of industrialised unoriginality.