Clara de Lataillade
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3rd year Politics and IR Part B co-editor

Le spleen n’est plus à la mode (c’est pas compliqué d’être heureux)
Title credits - lyrics by Angèle and Romeo ElvisPicture credits - Jamaica1802 (Pixabay)
How can I ever change things that I feel?

Sexuality, home and change I look down at the lapel of my coat. Fuck. The badges. I forgot to take them off. Frida Kahlo and a gay flag stare back at me. I take one off, slip on the cool…

We might not hate Trump’s wall forever

A review of Professor Callahan’s documentary Great Walls It was with unexpectedly good timing that I visited the Great Wall during a reading week trip to Beijing, barely a week before Professor Callahan’s documentary came out. As I watched the…

After

Sometimes the monster rears its headSome days I can’t get out of bedGrey mornings and I feel the dreadBut no more wishes to be dead. There are times when I see the holeThe pit the chasm in my soulBut it…

Please give my body to the night

Please give my body to the nightIt never ceased to serve me rightBut though it tries with all its mightIt cannot save me from my plight Please give heart and mind to the moonShe’ll learn that they are damaged soonShe’ll…

Munch

I shudder with the crunchWith every munch I cringeI revel in the plungeI feel my mind unhingeFall with the novel punchWalk alongside the fringe

Gay, Lesbian, Queer, Bi?

I’m gay. It’s a Friday afternoon, and as I stand in front of a crowd of teenagers, the words echoing in my head, my stomach flips. No one in this room knows me, but the paranoia of people knowing is…

Gay All Your Love On Me

Why Mamma Mia’s gay appeal runs deeper than shirtless guys and sequins I was raised on ABBA’s music. My parents owned lots of CDs, but after my brother destroyed them by lining them up and stepping on them, we mostly…

Entracte

I put the mask back on Perform but there’s no sun The words are out but without meaning A pantomime, back into hiding.   I was out in the cold open Now it’s back to lies – back to men…

King Lear for the Theatrically Illiterate: Thoughts on Ian McKellen, Dementia and Special Effects

Walking into the Duke of York Theatre, I knew exactly two things about Shakespeare’s famous tragedy: that the plot was about a king’s slow descent into madness, and that the main actor, Sir Ian McKellen, was revered by audiences both…