Tom Bannon reflects on the 2020 US presidential campaign and the supposed unsuitability of both candidates.
I refuse to see this as a lost or wasted year. I have been given an unparalleled opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, to absorb Italy into my blood and become italiana for the year. And yes, it may be a real struggle, and there may be days when I think it would just be easier to pack my bags and go home, but I am learning and growing so much that to leave now would mean that the six months of stress, tears, and painstaking organisation that brought me here would have been for nothing.
All in all, these are not ideal circumstances. Having to isolate, miss events or even just missing friends who are in isolation. But this is a time where we need to assist one another, and we can get through it. And with the news of a national lockdown coming recently too, the support of those around us will be even more important.
Ben Owen reminisces on his summer travels during the pandemic and the lessons he takes away from them.
Peter Brookes writes about the Free School Meals scandal.
Javaria Abbasi provides a clear and concise list of 5 must-read masterpieces of Spanish American Literature.
Mitch Marshall looks at Burning, a film by South Korean director Lee Chang-dong, alongside Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite.