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  1. The problem with swirling

    First published in Daily Life, April 2015  The greatest myth about progress that it’s measured rather than felt. There’s a reason we feel joy at the prospect of using dark-skinned emoji in a text message, or a like a weight is lifted when Olivia Pope’s affair with president Fitzgerald Grant onScandal raises questions because Fitzgerald is married […]

  2. The double standards of what’s considered black beauty

    First published in Daily Life, June 2015  Diversity isn’t about ticking boxes in the manner of a joyless bank clerk; it’s about recognising that there’s a life-affirming magic in being seen. It’s not a stretch to hope that coming across FKA Twigs, powerful and resplendent, in a bird of paradise gown at the March 2015 launch of […]

  3. 4 Underlying lessons from Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl’

    First published in The Vine October 2014  It’s difficult to describe the point at which a personal essay devolves into the sort of platitude you might find on a fridge magnet, or worse, a self-help book. For every Joan Didion, whose elegant one-liners put a pin in the delusion that women’s writing can’t impart universal […]

  4. Why don’t cool, young filmmakers create ethnically diverse movies?

    First published in Daily Life, August 21, 2014  The only thing worse than being jolted out of a dream is the moment you realise that it’s devolved into a nightmare. In Palo Alto – a movie where washed-out colours, fleeting moments and a bittersweet soundtrack by Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes conjure a sense of teenage listlessness that feels […]

  5. Is Sex Just a Substitute for Talent?

    Published in Daily Life  David Choe is more interested in making good art than he is in feeling good. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast’s Lizzy Crocker, the 36-year-old LA street artist whose frenetic, erotically charged murals read like a kind of unchecked outpouring of the id, says that when he’s in a happy place, […]

  6. Chicks on Speed: “Julian Assange has an honesty that’s very similar to that of an artist”

    Published in The Vine There’s the kind of artist who says they’re interested in pushing boundaries. And then there’s the type for whom self-interested talk about boundary pushing is less productive than doing the work it takes to break new ground. In theory, Alex Murray-Leslie and Melissa Logan should be exhausted. The duo, who started […]

  7. How to Hustle Your Way to Success

    Published in Daily Life, December 2012 If you’re familiar with Dazed and Confused, you’d know that the indie bible isn’t exactly famous for championing feminist iconography. Last month, the magazine, which regularly publishes provocative editorials shot by the likes of Terry Richardson, ran a cover featuring self-styled Harlem rapper Azealia Banks blowing up a raspberry condom. […]

  8. Don’t Tell Me Your Dreams

    Published in Metro magazine Its subject matter may seem familiar now but when it first graced television screens, Love My Way offered a groundbreaking depiction of contemporary Australian life. Neha Kale reflects on the series’ unique approach and considers its impact on representations of adulthood. In season one of Love My Way, Frankie Paige, the show’s heroine, shares a […]

  9. Who Likes to Rock the Party?

    Published in Metro magazine Television series Flight of the Conchords tackles the serious task of subverting stereotypes while still making us laugh, writes Neha Kale. In April 2006, Bret McKenzie, one half of New Zealand folk parodists Flight of the Conchords, told Time magazine: ‘Musical comedy sounds awful – I guess I’d describe what we do as understated […]