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An Autumn Reading List

An Autumn Reading List

As an eternal student, autumn reading – to me – means heading back to university and ploughing through stacks of books for all of my different classes. It means French poetry collections, gothic tales, plays about angsty princes, and Russian novels. It means boarding school campuses and […]

Seasonal Basics

Seasonal Basics

Is there anything more thrilling than the start of a new term? New books, new stationery, new classes and courses and modules. To us here at the Attic, the turn of the season from summer to autumn represents a shift towards our strongest aesthetic, from […]

Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before Grad School

Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before Grad School

Grad school can bring out the best and worst people. Being in my third year of it, I’ve seen lots of ups and downs. I’ve jumped with joy, trembled with terror, and cried my eyes out. I’ve uncovered an anxiety disorder, battled (consequent) insomnia, found the love of my life, and thrown away a thesis-in-progress. I’ve learned about perseverance, humility, balance, and priority. I’ve dealt with loads of guilt (it’s good to have other things in your life), had much too much coffee, presented at a conference, and learned that in our online world, productivity is sometimes just as performative as everything else.

Here are ten things I wish I’d known before starting grad school:

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The Attic Digest: 14th August – 30th September

The Attic Digest: 14th August – 30th September

After a busy offline period, The Attic Digest is back with a round-up of our (and your!) favorite posts of the past six (!!) weeks, highlighted together and split by activity for your weekend enjoyment. READ: Author M.L. Rio shares a list of campus novels to get […]

Coffee Every Day, Vol. 1

Coffee Every Day, Vol. 1

This past Friday was #NationalCoffeeDay, meaning that everyone on Instagram posted photos of coffee. It’s all very well to have a day dedicated to the substance, but as far as we’re concerned here at the Attic, National Coffee Day is every single day of the […]

Protest: As American as Football

Protest: As American as Football

Perhaps we should have paid due attention to Colin Kaepernick the first time he knelt on the sidelines of an NFL game. Perhaps we should have acted the first time a young black man was shot simply for the color of his skin and for the associated demonizing stereotypes. If we as Americans could comprehensively address racial issues and tensions in a meaningful and long-lasting way, then perhaps athletes wouldn’t feel the need to “politicize” the games that they play. But we can’t seem to do that. We, especially those of us who are white, continue to act as if race is an issue that we can sideline (pun intended) and come back to when it’s convenient. This isn’t really surprising, as racism tends to benefit us more than it does us harm. Who wants to to hear about racial grievances and police brutality on a Sunday afternoon anyway? We shy away from conversations on race, and that makes writing about racism a shout into the void. Those of us who need to hear these words most are the least likely to read them, because reading something that is critical of the norm is never easy; it involves dismantling a structure that our society has become accustomed to, and on the whole, people dislike change.

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Skin for All Seasons

Skin for All Seasons

Autumn is now upon us. The time to put swimsuits away and to embrace fluffy sweaters and silk pyjamas has come, a cup of hot tea in hand and our favourite adaptation of Pride and Prejudice on screen. It is not, however, the time to […]

Hollywood’s Whitewash

Hollywood’s Whitewash

In August of 2017, it was announced that Ed Skrien would be portraying Ben Daimio as part of a reboot of the Hellboy franchise. In the original comics, Daimio was portrayed as a man of Asian-American descent. Unfortunately, the casting of Skrein clearly pandered to […]

Bookshops in Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Bookshops in Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Whenever I visit Istanbul, I like to stay in Beyoğlu. Hilly, historical, and packed with turn-of-the-century buildings and much, much older landmarks, it makes me feel alive. Cats wander the streets and check in on you as you eat meze and drink cocktails to your heart’s content in the evenings. People sit at little tables in tiny restaurants, having conversations in Turkish, English, French, and Italian. You feel the history in the air, and I very colloquially understand the Derridean concepts I struggled with early in grad school, (pleasantly) haunted by local family history. My grandfather studied up the hill at the Galatasaray Lycée, established in 1481. My great-grandparents lived nearby. Feeling utterly at ease in their ghostly midst, I feel compelled to do what I most love and go in search of books. On the last morning of my latest visit, my partner and I did just that.

Below, photographically, are some of our finds:

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Ode to Autumn

Ode to Autumn

Last week September came rushing into our lives. To me it felt like some kind of drowsy spell had broken and I was finally motivated to do all the things I had told myself I would do over the summer months. While I doubt there […]


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I Guess I Have To Start Wearing The Pants Now

I Guess I Have To Start Wearing The Pants Now

I have a complicated relationship with trousers. (For the sake of our UK readers I’m going to stumble through this by using ‘trousers’ instead of ‘pants.’ I wouldn’t want you to think the following is about undergarments, although I’m sure I’ll also get to that piece eventually.)

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