The Oxonian Review is pleased to present our Weekly Round-up, featuring websites and articles the editorial staff have recently found interesting, illuminating, or otherwise noteworthy.
1. “The Scientific Reason Why You’re a Hipster” , The Body Odd: “The mystery of skinny jeans and thick-rimmed glasses may never be cracked, but at least it appears that researchers have solved one piece of the hipster puzzle.”
2. “Writing Adrift in the World” , NYRBlog: On translation, writing programmes, and the fate of the novel. “The viscera are visceral, the old primitive gut: this pain, this pleasure, now.”
3. “Fragments of An Arbitrary Encyclopaedia” , BBC iPlayer: Episode one of Jonathan Meades’ quirky, personal film On France. “Every man has two countries. His own, and France.”
4. “Survival: On Nanni Balestrini” , Pierce Penniless: Balestrini’s novel asks “how human beings and human relationships survive or splinter in political struggle, how the puzzle of political history and individual human time fits together.”
5. “Tariq Goddard, Interview” , Ready Steady Book: “He lives with his wife on a farm in Wiltshire where they run zer0 books and an organic herb farm.”