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A weekly conversation between writers Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, that covers highbrow and lowbrow culture.

The High Low Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton

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A weekly conversation between writers Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, that covers highbrow and lowbrow culture.

    Why Moments of Insanity Are Part of Keeping Sane; And The Worrying Increase in Lockdown Mullets

    Why Moments of Insanity Are Part of Keeping Sane; And The Worrying Increase in Lockdown Mullets

    Did you know there is a word in German for 'social distancing whilst wearing swimming pool noodles as a hat'? We're sceptical, but charmed.


    As the heaviness weighs on many of you, we have a batch of podcasts, books, articles and surprising lockdown stats to cheer and distract you. 


    Please do e-mail any questions or issues to thehighlowshow@gmail.com
    Or you can tweet us @thehighlowshow
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    Links
    Book a goat for Zoom (yes) at www.cronkshawfoldfarm.co.uk/goatsonzoom
    Volunteer during furlough at www.furlonteer.com
    Find @_lockdownstories on Instagram


    Reading
    Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernadine Evaristo 
    Ramble Book: Musings on Childhood, Friendship, Family and 80s Pop Culture, by Adam Buxton, available on audio book now (and in print in September)
    Insanity Can Keep You Sane, by Molly Young for The New York Times Mag www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/11/magazine/quarantine-insanity.html
    Where to start in Joni Mitchell's back catalogue, by Hannah Stevens for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/may/20/joni-mitchell-where-to-start-in-her-back-catalogue


    Listening and watching
    Sir Lenny Henry interview with Louis Theroux's Grounded podcast 
    Grayson Perry's Art Club, on Channel 4
    Gemma Collins: Diva on Lockdown, on ITV Player
    Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron https://www.92y.org/love-loss-and-what-i-wore
     
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    • 53 min
    'Seksbuddies', Robert Pattinson's pasta & information overload

    'Seksbuddies', Robert Pattinson's pasta & information overload

    It's a pot noodle of an episode this week. From our favourite pandemic stories around the globe - selected especially to cheer you up - to a bunch of recommendations, a deep-dive into the way we metabolise information now, and a compulsory dwell on Stanley Tucci.


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    Links
    Book a Migrateful cookery class at migrateful.org
    The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett - out 2nd June
    Brit Bennett and Emma Cline in conversation for Entertainment Weekly https://ew.com/books/author-interviews/brit-bennett-emma-cline-in-conversation/
    Robert Pattinson interview by Zach Baron for GQ, US edition https://www.gq.com/story/robert-pattinson-on-batman-tenet-isolation-june-cover
    Lockdown with My Gen Z nieces, by Sathnam Sanghera for The Times magazine https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/sathnam-sanghera-lockdown-with-my-gen-z-nieces-8bcm9qxcx
    Dating After Coronavirus, by Nayeema Raza for The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/opinion/coronavirus-dating.html
    Here’s how time works now by Eli Grober for McSweeney's: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/heres-how-time-works-now
    A Love In Verse: https://www.aloveinverse.com/
    Stanley Tucci's Life in Quarantine, for The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/05/stanley-tuccis-life-quarantine/611557/
    Sinéad Burke interview on Desert Island Discs https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000j7q5
    Dissect podcast https://dissectpodcast.com
     
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    • 55 min
    Cottagecore, Covidism & Other Lockdown Theories; Plus, An Author Special with Samantha Irby

    Cottagecore, Covidism & Other Lockdown Theories; Plus, An Author Special with Samantha Irby

    Today we discuss the surprising lockdown sales boom, an animal fact and a few new pandemic lifestyle theories. Just another episode of The High Low, then.


    We also ring up Samatha Irby in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to discuss her hilarious new essay collection (a joy for anxiety-ridden times) wow, no thank you. 


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    Links
    wow, no thank you, by Samantha Irby - out now
    I've craved a slower pace of life - and want to make it permanent, a Dear Mariella column for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/may/10/i-have-craved-a-slower-pace-of-life-and-want-to-make-it-permanent-mariella-frostrup
    The lockdown dick margin, by Lauren Bravo for Refinery29 https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/bad-temper-lockdown
    The buzz of big cities is losing out to cottagecore, by India Knight for The Sunday Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-what-is-the-point-of-cities-with-no-buzz-h532fgnjd
    My sister died of coronavirus. She needed care, but her life was not disposable. By Rory Kinnear for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/12/rory-kinnearsister-protect-vulnerable-coronavirus-rory-kinnear
    Things need me, by Charles Simic https://www.instagram.com/p/B_-gZk4jkFP/?igshid=cerd2jisw0n4
    As isolation drags on, I've found myself wanting to be a friend to myself, by Emma Jane Unsworth for Grazia, issue published May 5th
    Tayari Jones on Open Book https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/books-and-authors/id331296649?i=1000474155261
    Cate Blanchett on WTF https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/wtf-with-marc-maron-podcast/id329875043?i=1000474214665
    Laura Marling on The Adam Buxton podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-adam-buxton-podcast/id1040481893?i=1000474168608
    Steve Martin on Fresh Air https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/fresh-air/id214089682?i=1000474020262
    Run, on Sky Atlantic and Now TV
     
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    • 52 min
    Are Your Book Shelves A Reflection of Your Character - Or Your Curiosity?

    Are Your Book Shelves A Reflection of Your Character - Or Your Curiosity?

    This week we discuss what your books on your bookshelf say about you, the new lockdown lingo (are you drinking furlough merlot?), whether lockdown telly might have reached its apex, and the concept of heteropessimism.


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    Links
    Apply here for Penguin's WriteNow scheme: https://www.penguin.co.uk/company/creative-responsibility/writenow.html
    If I Had Your Face, by Frances Cha
    Culture Call, a podcast by The Financial Times
    Louis Theroux on Adam Buxton podcast
    A Manual For Heartache: How To Feel Better, by Cathy Rentzenbrink
    Exploding the myths behind K-Pop, by Crystal Tai for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/global/2020/mar/29/behind-k-pops-perfect-smiles-and-dance-routines-are-tales-of-sexism-and-abuse
    Marian Keyes interview with The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/28/marian-keyes-books-that-made-me
    Indiana Seresin on heteropessimism for The New Inquiry https://thenewinquiry.com/on-heteropessimism/
     
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Micro-Trends of Lockdown & The Wonder That Is The Quarantucci

    The Micro-Trends of Lockdown & The Wonder That Is The Quarantucci

    Thank you for bearing with us. We weren't able to bring you an episode last week for personal reasons, but we will try and make it up to you today - starting with a BIG apology to Lizzo for saying it wasn't possible to jam on a flute. It bloody well is. Mea culpa.


    Today we discuss the micro-trends of lockdown (are you a lockdown cliche?) and a Dolls Polls about what we're all apparently buying. You will never guess the top billing (no - it's not loo roll. Or pasta.) Also today, a new podcast from Louis Theroux, a discussion of the adaptation of Normal People, the wonder that is Quiz and lots more reading, audio reccs and daft stories.


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    Links


    booksinstations.co.uk
    Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler
    The Wonder Spot, by Melissa Banks
    Grounded, by Louis Theroux for BBC Radio 4
    Sentimental Garbage: Eat Pray Love https://sentimentalgarbage.substack.com/p/eat-pray-love-with-abigail-bergstrom-cdf
    Tash Demetriou on The Adam Buxton Podcast https://play.acast.com/s/adambuxton/d71a3ce3-6de0-4707-8ddb-3d5e8f1b4ea7
    Difficult To Buy For, by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff for Tortoise https://members.tortoisemedia.com/2020/04/15/letters-from-lockdown-charlie-brinkhurst-cuff-transcript/content.html
    My dad said I wasn't black enough. At least, I know what he meant, by Raven Smith for The Observer https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/apr/26/my-dad-said-i-wasnt-black-enough-at-last-i-know-what-he-meant
    Quiz on ITV Player
    Normal People on BBC iPlayer
    All or Nothing at All on BBC
    What Kinda Music, by Tom Misch
    Sentimental Garbage: Eat Pray Love https://sentimentalgarbage.substack.com/p/eat-pray-love-with-abigail-bergstrom-cdf
    Tash Demetriou on The Adam Buxton Podcast https://play.acast.com/s/adambuxton/d71a3ce3-6de0-4707-8ddb-3d5e8f1b4ea7
     
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    An Author Special with Holly Bourne & The Problem With Tiger King

    An Author Special with Holly Bourne & The Problem With Tiger King

    It's Week 4 of lockdown and we hope all you cats and kittens are doing okay. Sorry - blame Carole Baskin. We've been watching Tiger King and eesh, do we feel icky. We discuss why that is and why streamed content is becoming increasingly crass. What does the flatpacking of problematic people into entertainment, reveal about us?


    Also today, Dolly interviews the YA and contemporary novelist, Holly Bourne, about her new book, Pretending. They discuss sexual violence, the cultural expectations of sex and romance and why porn is doing women a disservice. And we discuss some podcasts that will help us all navigate what Brene Brown calls "the collective weary".


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    Reading
    House of Glass by Hadley Freeman
    Pretending, by Holly Bourne
    Sense and Sensibility: The Screenplay and Diaries, by Emma Thompson
    Coming Undone, by Terri White, out July and avail online for pre-order
    Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones


    Watching & Listening
    Alain de Botton on How To Fail with Elizabeth Day https://howtofail.podbean.com/e/how-to-fail-alain-de-botton/
    Unlocking Us, with Brene Brown https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-on-comparative-suffering-the-50-50-myth-and-settling-the-ball/
    Save Me Too, on Sky Atlantic
    Tiger King, on Netflix
    Nothing Like A Dame, available to buy or rent on Amazon prime 
    Song For Our Daughter by Laura Marling


    Retro Sweat - the 80s aerobics class online https://www.instagram.com/retrosweat/?hl=en
     
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    • 1 hr 37 min

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