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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

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.3 • 27 Ratings

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

    The Joy of A Buffet, Zadie Smith's Lockdown Essays & Ofcom's Diversity Problem

    The Joy of A Buffet, Zadie Smith's Lockdown Essays & Ofcom's Diversity Problem

    In today's episode we discuss news of the telly: decade-defining reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, is ending after 20 seasons; US soap The Bold & The Beautiful are using dummies in their snogging scenes; and most depressingly and shamefully, Ofcom have received 22,000 (15,600 at the time of record) complaints over dance troupe Diversity's moving dance rendition of George Floyd's death on Britain's Got Talent. 


    Also today, we discuss the joy of a buffet (with an excerpt from new book In The Kitchen read by Joel Golby), the world's first ever A.I. model agency and the emergence of lockdown literature, featuring Zadie Smith's booklet of essays, Intimations. 


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    Links
    Intimations by Zadie Smith


    Zadie Smith on Adam Buxton podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/ep-130-zadie-smith/id1040481893?i=1000487206444?i=1000487206444


    In The Kitchen: essays on food and life https://www.waterstones.com/book/in-the-kitchen/yemisi-aribisala/joel-golby/9781911547662


    Is this the end of the buffet? by Joel Golby https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/sep/13/joel-golby-end-of-the-buffet-in-covid-19


    Keeping up with the Kardashians is ending. What does it all mean? by Rosa Lyster https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/13/keeping-up-with-the-kardashians-ending-reality-tv
     
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    • 56 min
    Revising Our Thoughts on Gwyneth Paltrow, Dettol's Dubious 'Back To Work' Ads & The Best of Garage (Sort Of)

    Revising Our Thoughts on Gwyneth Paltrow, Dettol's Dubious 'Back To Work' Ads & The Best of Garage (Sort Of)

    We reminisce over garage music (without being entirely sure what officially defines a garage track), discuss the dicey new Dettol ad that's got everyone's knickers in a twist and why we both felt ashamed when we read Gwyneth Paltrow's recent piece about the trauma of her 'conscious uncoupling', ten years ago.


    Plus, the sensitive and moving BBC drama about a life never lived, Anthony; a brilliant pocket-sized book on race by Ijeoma Oluo; and Dolly's favourite show, Circus of Books, about a famous gay pornography and bookshop of the 1980s.


    Oh! And Dolly's solved the mystery of Francesco - her long-term house ghost. You're welcome.


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    Links
    Gwyneth Paltrow on her experience of conscious uncoupling https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/gwyneth-paltrow-conscious-uncoupling
    Circus of Books, on Netflix
    So You Want To Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
    Anthony, on BBC iPlayer
    Bella Mackie on the joy of small purchases for British Vogue, https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/new-shopping-habits
     
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    • 1 hr
    Selling Sunset, Gendered Care Work & How Often Do YOU Clear Out Your Pants Drawer?

    Selling Sunset, Gendered Care Work & How Often Do YOU Clear Out Your Pants Drawer?

    We back! And it's the old mixed bag of content: from grubby gussets to bathroom-heavy mansions in WeHo, via a revisitation of our noughties book shelves. Links below, you know what to do.


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    Links
    Watching/ listening
    Mrs America on Netflix
    Selling Sunset on Netflix
    Shagged Married Annoyed on all podcast apps
    Jim Nicholson on Fresh Air https://www.npr.org/2019/03/01/698908276/fresh-air-remembers-philadelphia-daily-news-obituary-writer-jim-nicholson?t=1598993655688


    Reading
    The Confession by Jessie Burton
    Dominicana by Angie Cruz
    Lost To The Virus, a series for The Guardian by Sirin Kale 
    26a by Diana Evans
    Two Lives by Vikram Seth
    'Heirlooms' a short story by Bryan Washington for The New Yorker
    More Than A Woman by Caitlin Moran 
    High Fidelity by Nick Hornby 
    How to Live On 24 Hours a Day by Arnold Bennett 
     
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Wiley’s Anti-Semitism, Kiley Reid’s Such A Fun Age & An Author Special w/ Nesrine Malik

    Wiley’s Anti-Semitism, Kiley Reid’s Such A Fun Age & An Author Special w/ Nesrine Malik

    It’s our last episode of the season - and boy, do we have a bumper episode for you. In this week’s show we discuss what Twitter’s failure to suspend Wiley says about our failure to combat anti-semitism (and what you can do to help), the graphic and glorious podcast of the year, Brown Girls Do It Too, Kiley Reid’s incisive and compulsively readable novel Such A Fun Age and an author special with the inspiring and thought-provoking columnist and author of We Need New Stories, Nesrine Malik about why we must resist cultural myths. Plus, some newsletters to subscribe to right now, and an Ask The High Low question about dating after cancer. We’ll be back in early September! 


    E-mail: thehighlowshow@gmail.com (but please do note the inbox will be unmanned for August)
    Tweet: @thehighlowshow
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    Links
    Following/ signing
    @geraldstratfor3 on Twitter 
    Sign the petition for Wiley to have his MBE removed 
    https://www.change.org/p/parliament-remove-wileys-mbe?recruiter=136977510&recruited_by_id=853bea40-b288-0130-c64a-3c764e051fd7-23699423-en-gb%3A2
    Write to honours.cabinetoffice@gov.uk to request the removal of Wiley’s MBE 


    Reading
    The Waiting Room, a newsletter by Amelia Tait 
    https://t.co/K354wEstO1?amp=1
    Sidenotes, a newsletter by Sophie Wilkinson 
    https://t.co/8Tktq491Lh?amp=1
    The Red Hand Files, a newsletter by Nick Cave 
    https://www.theredhandfiles.com
    The Meander, a newsletter by Dolly Alderton 
    https://t.co/1oQyVWIXz4?amp=1
    Such A Fun Age, by Kiley Reid
    We Need New Stories, by Nesrine Malik
    Hot Little Hands, by Abigail Ulman 


    Listening/ watching 
    Brown Girls Do It Too, on BBC Sounds
    In Writing podcast, by Hattie Crisell
    Call My Agent, on Netflix 
     
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Lockdown Sexscapades & Friendship in Old Age

    Lockdown Sexscapades & Friendship in Old Age

    We dig further into the cultural conversation around parenting, courtesy of masses of feedback from our listeners on last week's ep and a thoughtful piece on same-sex parenting. Also today: Taffy Brodesser-Akner's short story, Dolly's favourite new dating columnist, a novel that delves into the foibles as much as the grand themes of old age, and why people are happier by the sea. And we introduce our new charitable outlets for The High Low shop.


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    Links
    The Weekend, by Charlotte Wood
    A Curious Career by Lynn Barber 
    Taffy Brodesser Akner's short story https://www.thecut.com/2020/07/fleishman-is-in-lockdown-a-story-by-taffy-brodesser-akner.html
    Annie Lorde's dating column for Vogue https://www.vogue.co.uk/arts-and-lifestyle/article/sexting
    What adopting as a same-sex couple taught us, by Ben Fergusson for The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/jul/18/mums-day-off-is-it-what-adopting-as-a-same-sex-couple-taught-us
    orchidproject.org
    blackmindsmatteruk.com
     
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    • 55 min
    A Deep Dive Into The Child-Free Vs Motherhood Dialogue

    A Deep Dive Into The Child-Free Vs Motherhood Dialogue

    Today we discuss how motherhood and child-free women are culturally discussed and pitted against one another, referencing podcasts, a journalistic series and Emma Gannon's new novel, Olive, along the way. We also answer an Ask The High Low from a woman whose partner wants children, but she's worried about how pregnancy, birth and motherhood may affect her mental health.


    Also today, we talk about a candid interview with Thandie Newton, where the actor reflects on a 30 year career often rife with micro-aggressions and misogyny, Nick Hornby's new novel and recommend two social and mentorship networks: City Girl Network and The Black Agents and Editors Group, for people of African descent working in publishing or media.


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    Links


    https://www.goclimate.com


    Reading
    Olive by Emma Gannon
    Just Like You by Nick Hornby 
    Thandie Newton interview by E Alex Jung for Vulture https://www.vulture.com/article/thandie-newton-in-conversation.html
    Michaela Cole interview by E Alex Jung for Vulture https://www.vulture.com/article/michaela-coel-i-may-destroy-you.html
    'Am I willing to risk my mental health to have a baby?' by Bella Mackie for The Sunday Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/bella-mackie-am-i-willing-to-risk-my-mental-health-to-have-a-baby-36pvzdl50
    Guardian US series on being child-free https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/series/childfree


    Listening/ watching
    Helen Mirren on WTF with Marc Maron
    Sian Harries and Grace Dent are ambivalent about motherhood https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09jd32d


    Networks, petitions and mentorship
    City Girls Network https://citygirlnetwork.com
    The Black Agents and Editors Group https://blackagentsandeditors.com
    Sign the petition to protect free hospital parking for NHS staff https://www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-free-parking-at-work-for-all-nhs-staff?recruiter=60114810&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=11bcc65d09ce4da697c7beddfbe0a4f7&recruited_by_id=2c992f50-ed5e-0130-e2cf-3c764e044346
     
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    • 58 min

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