FRIDAY Fast Five: Maaates

Friends are so important right? They give good advice, they share their food with you, their drink with you, make you lol and are encouraging. Through my mates I also find my ideas challenged and shared which is exactly what I want from peers whose opinions I really respect. In honour of the mates I adore (one in particular who I will very much miss working with), this Fast Five is a round-up of links that have been shared by this super-smart whippersnappers.

1.    I don’t care about your life

I just saw this article pop up on Twitter where the author writes on his disdain for what he calls “confessional criticism.” He writes about the rise of criticism that is littered with personal anecdote and therefore dilutes the essence of the critique. I don’t wholly agree with what he is saying but boy, do his examples make for some painful reading. Reflexivity is helpful to a point, it helps to illustrate the perspective of the writer but if it distracts or undermines the critique then please just cut it out. In reflection, a lot of my writing has anecdotes because I find them useful for contextualising what I am critiquing, do I rely on them too much for “proving” what it is I’m trying to say though? Possibly.


Our Tuakana Bruce Phillips recently put us in contact with Amy Weng who has recently launched the website HAINAMANA which has tasked itself with the formidable job of “first linguistic encounter with Asia from an indigenous perspective.” Given what the above article critiques, I think it is important to present this article from HAINAMANA to show the importance of the first-person anecdote, how else would we know what Amy is doing and why she is doing it? Her perspective is so important.

3. Kids don’t care

Ever heard the story about how a kid got a new toy and played with the packaging instead? It aint no lie.  

4. First, do no harm

Can’t remember who first posted this but I’ve always found conservation to be fascinating. If I had of paid more attention in 6th Form Chemistry (instead of talking the ears of my friends) and had more patience, maybe one day I would have been a conservator and thinking about how to preserve a decaying necklace made of turkey claws and rabbit skulls.

5. You feel like a weaponised spore

Coco Solid makes my brain hurt with the mental gymnastics it has to go through to understand what she’s saying. Her brain operates on a cosmic level (whereas I’ve just misspelt brain as brian twice now). Nek level.

In honour of mates, please accept this video from 90s movie favourite Now and Then: