From Our Editors
CIB: If Freud can use commas, so can I!
Do you know what I’m getting sick of? It’s seeing feedback on my essays that bang on about how my sentences are too long and my language use is confusing in parts. Fair criticism, I take that on board and realise I’m not the best essay writer. However, why then criticise me when you also see works by Freud, Foucault, Butler, Spivak as the most pristine, most brilliant texts of academia when no one understands what they’re saying half the time? Growing tired of this hypocrisy - if Freud can use commas, so can I! - Matthew King
NIB: lowered covid levels in York
The latest data from Gov.UK shows that the total number of Covid-19 cases in York have increased recently. The data collected from the seven days leading up to 10 March 2021 shows a 15.6% increase in the number of cases since the previous week, with cases up to 111 from 96 in the seven days to 3 March 2021. The rolling case rate is currently 52.7 (expressed per 100,000 population), putting York’s case rate above the UK national average. This is a 7.1 increase in York from the previous week.
CIB: Have a little Shelf awareness
Why is it that books in genres I loved as a kid barely exist now that I’m an adult? Like, there has to be Sci-fi and fantasy for an audience of grown-ups so where is it all? Maybe I’m crazy, or I haven’t looked hard enough, but if I walk into any Waterstones in the country I can guarantee that I’ll look at the books for my age range for half an hour and then move to the Young Adult section and find a book I’d read in less than ten minutes. What’s up with that? - Joseph Higgins
From Our Editors
MUSE Recommends: The Oscars Edition
With the Academy Award nominations being released earlier this week, the Nouse Editors give their opinions on which films they are most excited about!
Matthew, Editor: Trial of the Chicago 7
I watched this quite a while ago yet it still has an impact on me. Strong characters, brilliant actors, and shocking moments throughout - it’s a must see and a clear winner for me!
Kyle, Deputy Film and TV Editor: None of them
I’ll risk sounding like a stuck-up filmbro by saying I’m Thinking of Ending Things deserved, at the very least, nominations for costume design, makeup, and editing. If I was being even more extra, nominations in cinematography, sound, and production design, too. Whilst the nominees are more diverse this year, the majority remain undeniably safe and uninspired (looking at you, Chicago 7).
Emily, Deputy MUSE Editor: Mank
In my first term of third year, I studied some of Orson Welles’ work and although we didn’t cover Citizen Kane it seriously increased my interest in Welles’ other work. Mank gives us an insight into Citizen Kane screenwriter, Herman J. Mankiewicz’s life and I have been excited about its release ever since. I’m not sure whether it is winner worthy, but it definitely has to be my pick.
Elizabeth, Arts Editor: Mulan
Mulan has been nominated for two Oscars in the categories of Best visual effects and Best costume design and I can certainly see why! I was initially hesitant to watch it as I didn't think anything could beat the original but I was certainly proved wrong. The intricate and authentic costumes were impressive, each steeped in history and culture. The powerful backdrops are also worth a mention as they help to provide the escapism we desperately need right now.