Month: June 2017

Thirty Things I Know For Sure

Thirty Things I Know For Sure

  My thirtieth birthday was this past month (yes, you owe me a present), and here on June 30th, I thought I would share with you, dear readers, thirty things I know for sure.  I’m the oldest member of The Attic on Eighth, and I […]

A Lazy Summer Sangria

A Lazy Summer Sangria

Summer is fundamentally the laziest of all seasons. Anyone who’s ever had the privilege of living with me will know that like our Food Editor Abby, I tend to spend a majority of the season lying on the ceramic kitchen floors of my childhood, and more […]

Health Care & the Political Roundup: American Politics in June

Health Care & the Political Roundup: American Politics in June

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but June was actually less crazy than May. With this brief (and likely short-lived) pause in the madness, I am going to take the opportunity to focus this month’s political roundup solely on the health care fiasco.

Thanks to protesting, phone calls, and other backlash, the vote on the GOP’s health care bill has been postponed until after the July 4th recess. But this does not mean that we can slow down our efforts to prevent the GOP from fast-tracking their terrible bill through the Senate just after everyone has been given enough time to forget about it. Once again, we can’t afford to take a break, no matter how tedious the fight may seem.

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The Proust Questionnaire Vol. 8

The Proust Questionnaire Vol. 8

For the eighth installment of our Proust Questionnaire series, Culture Editor Eliza answers the famous questions.

Please Look After This Bear: A Tribute to Michael Bond

Please Look After This Bear: A Tribute to Michael Bond

I used to be a child who took great delight in habits. When I was ill, I watched The Aristocats; when mum and I had days out in Stratford, we always went to the ice cream boat for ‘square’ ice cream; and when some particular […]

An Introduction: The One in Culture

An Introduction: The One in Culture

The concept of ‘culture’ is a vague one, and one that I have been grappling with as I’ve been trying to write this introduction. Culture isn’t easy to pin down in a way that fits a certain box; in fact, I feel like the point of culture is that it creates the box and then steps outside of it, ready for the next challenge.

I am lucky enough to be twenty years old and living in London, getting my BA in English at the most central university campus that the city has to offer. I am constantly sensing the buzz of the hundreds of cultures that pave the city as I walk (or run) to lectures during the day or as I patter across bridges in the small hours of the morning. London has forced upon me the true meaning of culture: it is everything that creates the things in life that we enjoy and like to stick around for. Culture is human achievement at its most exhilarating.

So, how to translate the buzzing life of culture onto the page in the best and most responsible way? Well, my first answer to that is not to be afraid of just how sprawling the term ‘culture’ is. I was initially worried that I couldn’t properly solidify in simple terms what culture is specifically, but I have come to accept that I will be learning more about this subject on the job – who isn’t? In this window, I want to look out as far as possible, reaching out beyond the seats of a city theatre (although there certainly will be some of that). Let’s relish the political role that culture has to play in our world, reach back across the ages and into our history, celebrate the voices in culture that are always being told to shut down. In the current state of the world, culture, and our expressions and portrayals of it, are more important than ever and I cannot wait to begin this journey with you.

Twenty Years of Magic

Twenty Years of Magic

Twenty years ago today the first Harry Potter novel was released. I was four years old, at pre-school and blissfully unaware of it. At that age I could read, but only short simple sentences. I had a room full of books but most of them […]

Trump’s Foreign Policy Disconnect

Trump’s Foreign Policy Disconnect

Since the end of the Second World War, promoting diplomacy and cooperation between states has been at the forefront of American foreign policy. From the creation of NATO to the Camp David Accords to the Good Friday Agreement, presidents and their administrations have seen the […]

Introducing: Leyla & Granny Says

Introducing: Leyla & Granny Says

Do you ever wish you had a grandmother around to share recipes and tips or just to say a few kind words?

We’re happy to announce a new column here on the Attic that will give you just that! Grandmothers are very dear to us: mother-figures who play important roles in our lives, best friends who ally themselves with us at a young age, lifelong role models. I personally was raised by my grandmother, and I’m proud to say that she steadfastly remains an important member of my three-generation, all-women household and still acts as one of my best friends. Now, she will play a role in the Attic, as well.

Having been everything from a young woman studying fashion in Istanbul in the 1940s, a diplomat’s wife in New York in the 1960s, a divorcée and working mother in the 1970s, to a fiercely doting grandmother as of the 1990s, Leyla has seen and done it all. She’s lived in Manhattan by herself, raised one child, one grandchild, and proved to be a tough entity on her own. She cares for no man’s opinion and has absolutely no patience for nonsense. Though she’s been a homemaker at different points in her life, she hates to cook and clean but likes to eat well and be in a perfectly kept home, so her tips promise to be to the point and her recipes easy to make. She’s always been an inspiration to me, and I hope that now she can also be one for you.

As Dear Lee has us covered when it comes to advice, Granny Says will be something different altogether. From time to time, she’ll come to you with a Q&A, an anecdote, a Turkish recipe, or a homemaking tip (which might have to do with fashion or flowers or with how to make a man quiver in his boots).

 

Four Bookshops to Visit in Edinburgh

Four Bookshops to Visit in Edinburgh

Once upon a very long time ago, I decided that I was going to move to Scotland. I applied to Edinburgh and Saint Andrews and decided that Edinburgh was the city for me. I accepted an offer to study there, and then I chickened out and […]