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Saskia Starritt Embraces Her Love of Pop Culture

A new Note from a very tired Deputy Muse Editor


Creating this edition of MUSE has proven particularly difficult: my degree and social life have been neglected, while my dream of having a healthy sleep-schedule is laughable. Nevertheless, this edition might be my favourite yet as each team has really taken creative control over their respective section and the finished product is something that I am in-credibly proud of.

Both Film & TV and Fashion have offered their takes on the upcoming Oscars, arguably my favourite event on the pop culture calendar. From around the age of 12, I would sneak downstairs to watch the Oscars’ Red-Carpet coverage live, desperate to catch every bea-tiful gown and potential interaction between the stars (a tradition I would sincerely regret come the Monday morning after having to frantically run to catch my 7:45 a.m. bus).

I’ve often questioned the morality of my utter investment and engagement in such aspects of pop culture. Am I, as well as the entire concept of Hollywood, helplessly shallow? Admittedly, events such as the Oscars are intrinsically intertwined with masterpieces of cinema, of which, one would rarely doubt the artistic integrity. However, I am ashamed to admit that my obsession with pop culture often extends to social media and reality TV (god damn you Love Island).

Before taking on the role of Deputy MUSE Editor, I was actually Nouse Comment Editor, and that transition from Nouse to MUSE was quite severe. Not only did the nature of the content change drastically, but so did my interest in that content; with that fact came a little bit of guilt. Perhaps I should care less about Ariana’s ‘7 Rings’ (see Music’s some-what scathing critique on page 13), and spend more time trying to wrap my head around the chaos of Brexit.

However, the longer I am part of MUSE, the more I realise that this guilt is misplaced. Arts, food, fashion and music are such fundamental aspects of both our individual lives and humanity as a whole. It’s what emotes us, gets us talking, inspires us, and there’s no shame in that. In fact, I’d argue that modern politics is far more shallow, superficial and fabricated.

This edition we also have an insightful feature of the incredible organisation SASH, a charity that works with York’s homeless population, while in Food & Drink Alice Weetman offers an Ode to the Avocado. I hope that you enjoy this edition as much as I do, and that it can offer a form of guilt-free escapism after a very blue, Brexity January.

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