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

Leiden Recaps: Bachelor in Paradise Australia Episode Eleven


  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.   Ladies and gentlemen, I am afraid to say that, having returned late from Bell Shakespeare’s wonderful rendition of Antony and Cleopatra, I am unable to do a full re-cap of misfits in Paradise and we must make do for a special abridged re-cap of episode eleven. With the disclaimer out… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: Bachelor in Paradise Australia Episode Ten


  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.   Here we are, ladies and gentlemen, at the precipice of madness: episode ten. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think we’d make it this far. I was under the impression that someone was going to come along and mercifully shoot me before we got to this point but oh well,… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: The Bachelor in Paradise Australia Episode Nine


  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.   Our Bachelor recaps reap on, ladies and gentlemen. And with so much quality content waiting to be dissected, why don’t we just dive right in to the gaping maw of The Bachelor in Paradise: episode nine? We open by surveying the damages done in the wake of last episode’s rose… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: Bachelor in Paradise Australia Episode Eight


Edit   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.   I hope you’re ready, ladies and gentlemen, because this is the big one (yes, another big one). This is the one that will shake Paradise to its core (yes, again). This is the Bachelor in Paradise: episode eight. We open as everyone is scratching their heads over the sudden… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: Bachelor in Paradise Australia Episode Seven


  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.   The rapid fire onslaught of vapid drama continues, with barely enough time for me to fortify my spirits with gin. But fret not, ladies and gentlemen; my spirits have been thoroughly barricaded and I am bravely marching on, into the cavernous abyss of banality that is episode seven. We open… Continue Reading

Leiden Recaps: Bachelor in Paradise Australia Episode Six


  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.   The Gods are cruel, ladies and gentlemen. When I said the show would continue Tuesday and Wednesday, I did not take into account its continuing on Monday. Maybe I was lying, maybe I was under-informed, maybe I was in denial; either way, duty calls. So without further ado: let’s dig… Continue Reading