02 Aug 5 Friyays: August 2
Hi all – it’s Dr. Hinson here! I’ve got the 5 Friyays for this week. I’m just back from holidays and so had to dig to find my list of 5. I’ve got an eclectic mix, so let’s crack on, shall we?
Yet Another Remake …
I’ve been pretty vocal lately that I don’t understand the need to rehash all the pop culture from my childhood. Did we need a remake of The Lion King, Power Rangers, Jumangi? I’m a big believer that we have left so many stories untold, so why are we just retelling the same ones over again. That being said, I was curious to see the Mindy Kaling remake of Richard Curtis’ ‘Four Weddings and Funeral.’ It’s one of my favorite 90s rom coms and Kaling’s love of rom com tropes and characters is pretty evident from the first few episodes. I remain skeptical but have to admit to being slightly charmed by this one.
Relearning American History
Dr. Donnelly has long been an avid listener of podcasts. I have recently discovered that I can listen to them while driving or at the gym – otherwise I daydream too much and miss the content. I’ve found a few to listen to, but the most impactful so far has been Rebecca Nagle’s ‘This Land’ from Crooked Media. Rebecca is a citizen of Cherokee Nation, and has charged herself with telling the fascinating, disturbing, and enthralling story of the Supreme Court Case Carpenter v Murphy. The case has huge potential to change Indian law and land rights, and Nagle’s heart-wrenching story of the Cherokee’s forced migration to Oklahoma in the first place, is a necessary part of American history not often taught.
“Lyra did not die for the cause of Irish Freedom. Lyra was Irish Freedom.”
In April this year, dissident Irish Republicans shot and killed a young journalist named Lyra McKee in the city of Derry/Londonderry. Dr. Donnelly and I have written about Lyra’s death before, but I wanted to share this beautiful long form article published recently in The New Yorker. Written by her friend and fellow writer Susan McKay, it is heartwarming and devastatingly sad, and well worth a read for anyone familiar with Northern Ireland or not.
A Woman’s Work
We spend a lot of time here at Abbey Research talking about all the gaps in gender treatment, expectations, work/life balance, you name it. I was fascinated by this article that talked about the impact of leisure time on creative production. Women around the world do 75% of unpaid work – cooking, cleaning, housework, shopping, caring, etc. The article gives a few famous examples of men – Shakespeare, Freud, and others, who were allowed to complete their work because of their wives handling all the unpaid work. How many stories, novels, compositions, paintings, sculptures, and treatises have we lost because women were always forced to marriage and unpaid work? When we allow these gender stereotypes to persist to this day – women are held back from realizing their full potential and the whole world is missing out.
Praise for ‘When They See Us’
The 2019 Emmy Nominations came out in recent weeks, and it was no surprise to me to see Ava DuVernay’s stunning ‘When They See Us’ wrack up a host of nominations. I’ve talked about this limited series before and I’ll likely keep talking about it – sorry, not sorry as the kids say. I really enjoyed this article, which looked at the artistic qualities of the show, as well at it’s social and cultural impact.
This was the list I could come up with still working back from vacation brain. Dr. Donnelly will be back next week and we’ll see what she finds!