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Tortoise Media’s new offices in Berners Street, London. 13/9/20. Photo Tom Pilston.
This week in Tortoise: Slow Reviews, Part II

This week in Tortoise: Slow Reviews, Part II

Tortoise Media’s new offices in Berners Street, London. 13/9/20. Photo Tom Pilston.

Technically speaking, tortoises brumate, not hibernate. They slow down even more for several weeks, almost to a standstill, rather than falling into a proper deep sleep.

So, here at Tortoise, we too have decided to brumate, not hibernate. For the next two weeks, in the run-up to Christmas and then the New Year, we will be slowing down even more – but we won’t be falling asleep. There will still be new articles and other things for you to enjoy in the app and on our website.  

The proof is there to see today, with the launch of our second series of Slow Reviews. We first published Slow Reviews back in August. They are our way of grappling with that big, amorphous thing known as pop culture: reviews of the books, records, films and other cultural items that really changed the world around them.

The series starts today with an introduction by Peter Hoskin, then five actual reviews: Scott Jordan Harris on the innocent pleasures of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; Mia Levitin on the rather less innocent pleasures of Playboy; the director Josie Rourke on Max Richter’s recomposed version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons; James Oliver on the loving subversion of A Fistful of Dollars; and Pete Paphides on the political power of the rapper Dave’s Psychodrama.

More Slow Reviews will follow this week, five a day, including some by our members. We put out a call for these back in August – and dozens were submitted. So many, in fact, that we’re going to publish a lot more of them in future series of Slow Reviews.

Otherwise, a reminder that the schedule for January’s ThinkIns is now online – from predictions for 2021 to the remarkable resilience of books, all via glaciers, a Veganuary “CookIn”, and our first ever Global Health Summit. You can book your place(s) here. As always, we’re eager for you to join us.

For those who haven’t experienced a ThinkIn before, or those who want to experience them all over again, please check out our highlights video for the year. Over 400 meetings condensed into just four minutes of the best – and worst – moments. There’s much more to come in 2021.

In the meantime, I hope you have a restful, enjoyable end to the current year. If you haven’t tried it before, I can thoroughly recommend brumation.


James Harding
Editor & co-founder