Niall O'Sullivan

high brow, low brow, none of that stuff in the middle

Gerry Potter – How Do You Respect F*** All? [NSFW]

Whenever a news channel is slow to the scene for a big event, they appeal to the audience for phone camera footage. They sometimes remind viewers to have the good courtesy to hold their phones horizontally when filming. This makes the captured riot/terror attack/assassination/snowfall antics more amenable to the dimensions of your typical flat screen […]

Jean Binta Breeze – The Wife of Bath Speaks in Brixton Market

There are two performances taking place in this video. The first is from the dub poet Jean Binta Breeze, recited towards the tiny black hole of the camera lens, constructed from many separate takes. The second performance is from the market itself. Breeze adopts the persona of a Caribbean take on Chaucer’s Wife of Bath. […]

Allen Ginsberg – Ah! Sunflower

When I started out as a lecturer, one aspect of modern academic life disconcerted me. As I fumbled through my sophomore powerpoint presentations, I noticed that most students’ faces were illuminated by their laptop and tablet screens. I soon learned the difference between the attentive frowns of those that were making lecture notes and the […]

CM Punk – The Pipe Bomb

Today, honouring the website’s maxim of “high brow, low brow, ignore all that stuff in the middle”, we’re looking at the underappreciated art of the wrestling promo. If you haven’t a clue as to what a wrestling promo is, no worries. I’m going to define a few conventions while pointing out how CM Punk subverts […]

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