Leiden Book Club Book & Film 3 – Watership Down


  I love kid’s stories, hell, we all do. Kid’s stories are the first stories, they lay the foundations for how we think about all stories afterwards and, more important still, they inform our approach to life itself; the stories we hear as children raise us just as much as our parents and our community do. The greatest kid’s stories resonate not just with the child but with the adult as well (…most of us, anyway), satisfying both our awe of the big wide world, and our terror of it. It is thus with great pleasure that I return to… Continue Reading

Product Review: Magnetic Lashes


  I put magnets on my eyes because someone said it’d make me look pretty. And so what I should actually be doing right now is having a good long look at myself because, really? But also, and though it shames me a bit to admit this, that’s not even close to the craziest thing I’ve done in search of purchasable perfection. So, look… I saw this Instagram ad for magnetic eyelashes and I was like, yes*. I’d tried and failed at the glue on ones and I wasn’t ready to commit to the longer-lasting beautician applied fakies, so this… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: Bachelor in Paradise Australia Finale


  It feels like only yesterday that I was cursing myself for agreeing to view every episode of the Bachelor in Paradise. And now that we have reached the grand finale, I can safely say my initial reluctance was entirely justified; but, nevertheless, here we are at the finish line. And what a race it’s been: hearts have been broken, friendships crumbled into dust, cheese scoffed down by the wheel and all for this moment. Get ready for the epic finale that is episode sixteen. We open with the gruesome visage of Osher breaking down the mechanics of the finale:… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: The Bachelor in Paradise Episode Fifteen


  This is it, ladies and gentlemen, or very nearly almost it: the penultimate Bachelor in Paradise. So down some stay alert capsules and strap yourselves in for the semi-thrilling semi-conclusion that is episode fifteen. Fair warning on this one: the vast majority of it is flashbacks so you’re probably better off re-reading the old recaps instead. We open with Jarrod and Keira moseying down towards the sea shore. What looks like ritual suicide is revealed to be the final date: a ride on a yacht full of champagne and cheese. They reflect on the tumultuous series of events that… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: Bachelor in Paradise Australia Episode Fourteen


  Who better to review the orgiastic display that is the Bachelor in Paradise Australia than someone who has never watched a single episode of the Bachelor or Bachelorette. Here to recap all the subtle intricacies of finding ‘true love’ on reality television is Leiden’s copy editor Jesse Petrie.   Today we make Bachelor history, ladies and gentlemen, by bearing witness to what is, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the dullest episode of Paradise thus far: episode fourteen. And while some of its more unbearable moments may have more to do with my unfortunate sobriety than anything else, you… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: Bachelor in Paradise Australia Episode Thirteen


  Who better to review the orgiastic display that is the Bachelor in Paradise Australia than someone who has never watched a single episode of the Bachelor or Bachelorette. Here to recap all the subtle intricacies of finding ‘true love’ on reality television is Leiden’s copy editor Jesse Petrie.   We’re on the home stretch, ladies and gentlemen. A little bird (Osher) has told me that this is the final week of Paradise. But don’t go popping your champagne just yet, we still have to trudge our way through the few remaining episodes of this sad charade. And on that… Continue Reading

Leiden Book Club Book & Film 1 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s


  What can one say about Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote’s miniature opus? The novella, despite its slender spine, has an awesome weight to it, carrying the great mass of reverence that has been heaped upon it since its first publication in 1958. And while the film adaptation does tend to soak up the bulk of this acclaim the judgement of time is still clear: here lies one of America’s finest novel(la)s. So, what’s the deal? Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the tale — told through the first-person eyes of mononymous narrator Fred — of Holly Golightly, a young, beautiful and… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: Bachelor in Paradise Australia Episode Twelve


  Who better to review the orgiastic display that is the Bachelor in Paradise Australia than someone who has never watched a single episode of the Bachelor or Bachelorette. Here to recap all the subtle intricacies of finding ‘true love’ on reality television is Leiden’s copy editor Jesse Petrie.   Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to our ongoing series of essays dissecting the hidden meaning behind paradise. We’re at episode twelve now and I am starting to feel my sanity slip from gazing too long into the abyss. But I continue to march on, heroically saving you from having to… Continue Reading