The fashion of Twin Peaks: why David Lynch’s TV show is back in style

Catherine Spooner, Lancaster University Twin Peaks, David Lynch’s iconic TV series, is returning to our screens after it went missing for almost three decades. First broadcast in 1990, the show…

Eating meat implies power in House of Cards – and the real White House

Ellen Turner, Lund University and Birgitta Berglund, Lund University On the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, Netflix announced that the fifth season of House of Cards would air on May…

Arthur: Legend of the Sword – a film obsessed with effect rather than substance

Marco Nievergelt, University of Warwick Cinematic adaptations of the King Arthur story have frequently assigned a central place to the love triangle between Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot – most famously…

Alien: Covenant falls short of the original Alien’s trailblazing feminism

Sadek Kessous, Newcastle University It was pitched as “Jaws in space”, but director Ridley Scott’s original Alien film, released in 1979, couldn’t have been more different to Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster.…

How World War I changed the weather for good

Barry Sheils, Durham University Culture has rarely tired of speaking about the weather. Pastoral poems detail the seasonal variations in weather ad nauseam, while the term “pathetic fallacy” is often…

Edward Hopper: the artist who evoked urban loneliness and disappointment with beautiful clarity

James Peacock, Keele University When Edward Hopper’s retrospective at Tate Modern in London closed in September 2004, more than 420,000 tickets had been sold. Up to that point, only the…

The insidious class divide in music teaching

Ian Pace, City, University of London A passionate debate is raging regarding musical education which threatens to unbalance the already critically privileged world of classical music. And, ironically, some of…

What’s the point of art?

Derek Hodgson, University of York One of the great paradoxes of human endeavour is why so much time and effort is spent on creating things and indulging in behaviour with…

James Bond needs a new attitude, not a new actor

Nicola Bishop, Manchester Metropolitan University As someone who has recently taken to reading Ian Fleming’s books, I am drawn into the debate surrounding Joanna Lumley’s comments about actor Idris Elba…