Harry Potter and the Politics of Anxiety: how J.K. Rowling imagined a world that wasn’t so mythical

Twenty years ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published. Aimed at young children and taking place in a magical universe where children fought evil sorcerers, ate jumping chocolate frogs and tackled three-headed dogs, the book reflected happy escapism with no real hidden message in its 223 pages. But over the years these millennial … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Politics of Anxiety: how J.K. Rowling imagined a world that wasn’t so mythical

Is “special snowflake” really the best insult right-wingers can come up with?

“Special snowflake.” A term loved by Trump supporters, Brexiteers, Tories, fans of Milo Yiannopoulos, racists, sexists, Piers Morgan, narcissists with oversized but fragile egos…. the list goes on really. You may have even been called one. I have. The first time it happened, I spent all day crying into my venti Starbucks mocha, wondering why … Continue reading Is “special snowflake” really the best insult right-wingers can come up with?