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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 III

This week in Tortoise: Slow Reviews, Part III

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

I hope the elongated Easter weekend treated you well. It was a break for us here at Tortoise, too, although we did open our latest File yesterday: a new selection of Slow Reviews.

If you haven’t encountered Slow Reviews before, they are our way of grappling with the history of popular culture – one book, film, album, painting or game at a time. The idea is that the cultural items we’re reviewing represent real turning points. They weren’t just released and forgotten; they changed the world around them.

Slow Reviews, Part III launched yesterday with Colin Grant on the Jamaican movie that introduced the rest of the world to Reggae; Mia Levitin on the the dangerous compulsiveness of the “like” button; Scott Jordan Harris on the original series of Star Trek and the fandom it birthed; and Georgia Heneage on the radicalism of Punchdrunk theatre.

We’re publishing five more Slow Reviews today – from Matthew Sweet on The X-Files to Elle Hunt on Lorde’s Pure Heroine – and five more each day this week. For the first time, some of the reviews will have the option of an audio version: read by their authors and enlivened with music and clips. You can keep track of the whole week on the contents page.

And if you’d like more Slow Reviews, there are still Parts One and Two to catch up on – and more to come in future.

As for ThinkIns, they return today, now that we’ve all recovered from the… after-effects of our special second-birthday DrinkIn last Thursday. Please do join us at 1pm BST for the latest Open News Meeting.

Tomorrow, to continue the cultural theme of the week, we wonder whether punk can save the 21st Century. Then, on Thursday evening, one of the most urgent questions of the post-Brexit period: can the Good Friday Agreement hold? And the week in ThinkIns closes with the usual Sensemaker Live on Friday lunchtime.

As always, we’d love to see you there.


James Harding,
Editor & co-founder