Monday 21 December 2020
Why this File?
It’s time for the inevitable sequel. We’re calling it “Slow Reviews: Part II”. But I prefer to think of it as “Slow Reviews: The Revenge” or “Slow Reviews: The Tortoise Awakens” because this is such a widescreen, surround-sound, three-dimensional cultural experience that it’s going to leave you clinging to your seat and clamouring for more.
Sorry, I’m getting carried away. A side-effect of so many lockdowns. Allow me to calm down and do some explaining.
We published the first set of Slow Reviews back in August. They were – and are – Tortoise’s way of grappling with the long history of popular culture. Their subjects aren’t just older than those you will see covered in this week’s newspapers and this month’s magazines; they are also, as I put it in my original introduction, “the pop cultural artefacts that really brought about change”.
We could keep on publishing Slow Reviews until hell freezes over or the Rolling Stones stop doing stadium tours, whichever comes second. But we shall content ourselves with another 20 this week, five every day in the run-up to Christmas. Peter Hoskin, editor