Twenty Twenty: A Pop Culture Podcast
White Teeth: Sharmaine Lovegrove on Zadie Smith’s Literary Debut

White Teeth: Sharmaine Lovegrove on Zadie Smith’s Literary Debut

October 27, 2020

The new millennium brought with it a fresh wave of optimism and excitement for the future. Zadie Smith's best selling debut novel White Teeth embodied this mood and symbolised a changing of the guard. Smith was lauded with critical acclaim and lavished with media attention — an overnight literary sensation at just 24 years old. With special guest Sharmaine Lovegrove, publisher at Dialogue Books, we explore the impact of the novel and the legacy of its author.

Content Warning: Mention of suicide  

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Find out more about the Black Writers Guild here

 

Select books Sharmaine mentions in the episode: 

The Lonely Londoners, Sam Selvon

Second Class Citizen, Buchi Emecheta

The Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi

The Black Album, Hanif Kureishi

Blonde Roots, Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other,  Bernardine Evaristo

Queenie, Candice Carty Williams

Bridget Jones Diary, Helen Fielding

 

Select work by Zadie Smith referenced: 

Fences: A Brexit Diary, NY Books

Stormzy at Glastonbury

Intimations

Sharmaines question to Zadie in the Guardian

 

Clips Used: 

Tony Blair wins landslide general election win for Labour (1997) - Newsnight archives

America's Internet Trading Boom (1990) -  

Journeyman Pictures

Tony Blair on immigration (2004) -  London Business School

Reality TV: Big Brother, Faking It and a new kind of fame

Reality TV: Big Brother, Faking It and a new kind of fame

October 20, 2020

The year 2000 saw the launch of two new reality TV shows. Big Brother made instant celebrities
of ordinary people and was deemed the most addictive show on telly. Faking It won two BAFTAs and took home an International Emmy, but remains a cult hit.

In this episode, we discuss these two shows and what they can tell us about the UK at the turn of the 21st century. We also explore the concept of reality TV fame, then and now. CW: mentions of self-harm

If you're in the UK, you can watch all of Faking It on 40D or its available to buy on Amazon. The early seasons of Big Brother are less readily available, but Channel 4 did a "Best Bits" show recently where you can enjoy memorable moments from across the seasons. 

Other links mentioned and clips used in this episode:

0:34 - Big Brother, Series 1, Day 22 - Davina Intro

1:00 - Faking It - Faking it Changed My Life

12:58 - Big Brother, Series 1, Episode - Phycologist comments on Mel  

15:07 - Big Brother, Series 1 - Confronting Nasty Nick 

19:20 - Reality TV Me, Jia Tolentino - you can find in her book Trick Mirror, and here is a video of her reading the essay

22:27 - Big Brother, The Reunion, Radio 4 - Tim Gardam quote 

24:00 - Faking It - Faking it Changed My Life

28:45 - Faking It - Shop Girl to It Girl

31:09 - Faking it - Lawyer to Garage MC

High Fidelity: What came first, the music or the misery?

High Fidelity: What came first, the music or the misery?

October 13, 2020

“What matters is what you like, not what you are like" or so says Rob Gordon, the protagonist of High Fidelity. In this episode, we look back at the 2000 film starring John Cusack, and ask if there's value in the idea that our favourite songs, films and books reveal who we are. We talk about music snobbery, cultural gatekeeping and the politics of taste in the original film and the 2020 television remake starring Zoë Kravitz

Films and TV referenced in the episode:

Say Anything (1989)

High Fidelity (2000)

High Fidelity, Hulu (2020)

500 Days of Summer (2009)

Almost Famous (2000) 

The OC (2003-2007)

 

Other links mentioned and clips used in this episode: 

6:00 - Opening scene of 500 Days of Summer

10:30 - John Cusack, NYT interview (2020)

17:00 - The Rap Against Rockism, Kelefa Sanneh (2004)

19:40 - Beam Me Up Softboi Instagram account

20:27 - Men Explain Music to Me, Kim Kelly

22:49 - James Acaster, Perfect Sounds, BBC Sounds 

33:31 - Janet Jackson, I Get Lonely 

38:21 - Fan Girls, Hannah Ewens

38:30 - Jessica Hopper tweet

Destiny’s Child: The rocky road to the definitive line-up

Destiny’s Child: The rocky road to the definitive line-up

October 6, 2020

Kelly, can you handle this? Michelle, can you handle this? Beyoncé, can you handle this? It’s a roll-call so iconic, it’s easy to forget this wasn’t Destiny's Child’s original line-up. A decade after the band first came together under a different name, it was in 2000 that they found their final form after a brutal year of line-up changes and legal battles. We go back to relive the drama and think about how it laid the foundations for who Beyoncé is today.

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Links mentioned and clips used in this episode: 

4:20 - Say My Name Video

4:50 - Girls Tyme on Star Search

8:30 - No, No, No Part 1 Video 

13:00 - Survivor Video

13:30 - Interview from 1998

14:20 - I’m Not With The Band, Sylvia Patterson

16:20 - Interview by Toazted Best off

16:40 - Vibe Magazine Profile

21:10 - Cribs

23:30 - Wendy Williams Radio Show

26:00 - Interview, MTV News

27:00 - Tara’s interview with Ray Blk

29:30 - Flawless remix

30:30 - Superbowl performance

32:50 - Homecoming, Netflix

35:20 - LaToya’s red carpet interview 

36:30 - Beychella - From Homecoming