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The Spotify syndicate

We should be wary of Spotify's control over the music we listen to

The weight of inheritance

Cultural pilgrimages give us access to the inaccessible

Exploring magic realism

Laura Esquivel provides a female framework to the Latin American genre

The Art of Small Talk

At the beginning of October a hormonal mass of teens, infused with adrenalin and trepidation, will descend on Oxford for a week of clumsy...

What does Hollywood’s new diversity trend mean for the industry?

The recent shake-up in diverse roles in Hollywood has repercussions for the balance of power of the entire industry -- as long as this new wave of films don't sacrifice quality for publicity.

The Meg – mega-ridiculous, mega-fun

Jason Statham stars in the latest blockbuster of the summer which promises to be the ultimate man vs shark movie

The Actor’s Nightmare Review – “a high octane sprint through an...

Mercury Theatre Productions' venture into theatrical hell is impressive, but the length of the production lets it down

Letter to: Graduation Anxiety

As exams begin to finish, it's time to talk about what comes next

An American Nightmare

The glorification of greed in The Wolf of Wall Street is troubling for Becky Cook

Colleges share more similarities than differences

“We all go to the same lectures and many colleges share tutors"

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A picture of the recurring glyph in Black Mirror that is an upside down Y and is the symbol used by Stefan when creating his routes in his game.

So that’s how Bandersnatch works, but did it snatch our respect?

From a design perspective, Bandersnatch falls into a lot of traps. Choices are quite infrequent and always binary, whereas it's standard for most interactive fiction games to allow you to choose almost every line of character dialogue. Isabella Welch discusses whether Bandersnatch is revolutionary or just manufactured hype on part of Netflix.

What’s on: Txking Oxford by Storm

TxkeOff and Land’s visit to Oxford will no doubt bring a new energy to the city, offering an elite clubbing experience to all its attendees with live artists performing
a stack of children's books in a wooden box

Knight Of: read the one percent

Juliet Garcia covers the launch of Knight Of's crowdfunding campaign, centred around BAME children's literature.

Is “straightwashing” the new “whitewashing”?

Llimiting actors to their sexual demographic is not the way forward: it would hurt LGBTQ+ actors far more than it would straight ones

Andy Murray – the champion we didn’t deserve

A sportsperson who never forgot his roots, Murray endured horrible vitriol to become a role model both on and off the court