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Just Kids (2010)

Urban Life
Never has there been more of a comfort to the struggling artist than Patti Smith’s autobiographical novel Just Kids. After purchasing the audiobook, I would listen to her Brooklyn New York narration, a slow meandering drawl that somehow provides exactly the complementary acoustic aid required for the listener in their envisioning of what she describes.
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The Center Will Not Hold (2017)

Urban Life
Beware, after watching this documentary you will feel the urge to go out and purchase a very large pair of sunglasses, sit with a notebook, and see the world as Didion did through her glamorous shades- whilst drinking copious amounts of Coca-Cola, on the rocks.
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To Throw Away Unopened (2018)

Urban Life
When we think of narrative triumph in the face of adversity, we often turn to the myopic vision of the hero’s journey. Often overlooked are the sort of slow-burning battles that fill our days, containing our hopes and fears. Going off to war can be just as scary as confronting the death of one’s mother or forming a punk band alongside your best mates at a time when girls just didn’t do that. Viv Albertine proves that there is equal parts fear in the former as there is in the latter, and that the best approach is head on, as she illuminates in her 2018 memoir, To Throw Away Unopened.
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I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are (2020)

Urban Life
I Want To Be Where The Normal People Are (2020) is a love letter to the modern woman: perfectly flawed, devilishly designed and fully-proportioned to take up space…with an added dose of humour, song and dance.
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Delta of Venus (1977)

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‘Porn not poetry’ was the instruction given to Anais Nin by the anonymous collector who paid her $1 per page for erotica in the 1940s. Delta of Venus, the collection of said stories, was published posthumously in 1977, and Nin’s Pandora's box of perversion was unlatched for the world. The Penguin Modern Classic is now stacked among feminist literature in bookshops, despite its content: incest, bestiality, necrophilia, paedophilia and rape. In Nin’s carnal fantasy, only scat is frowned upon.
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Chelsea Girls (1994)

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Sex, drugs, and the lesbian memoir. Chelsea Girls tells the life story of Eileen Myles, from their working-class childhood with an alcoholic father to their drug-fuelled life as a poet. Despite being published nearly thirty years ago, Chelsea Girls remains as fresh and vigorous as it did in 1994.
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Sex and Rage (1971; 2017)

Urban Life
Sex and Rage is a novel that appeals to the type of reader who idealizes the lives lived by elites on the US coasts, a fantasy that many women have imagined through the ages. This sort of nostalgia for events that didn’t even happen to you, combined with the luster of yesteryear is where the draw for this book comes into play, a time without the pressures of social media and the hustle of modern life is all too enticing.
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Rare Beasts (2019)

Urban Life
Billie Piper has made a bold stance in her directorial debut, Rare Beasts which seeks to turn the traditional rom-com on its head. Well…maybe not just on its head. Piper takes a chainsaw to the traditional rom-com. Left in her hands, nothing is safe.
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Rocks (2020)

Urban Life
Filmed documentary-style with a cast of mostly non-professional actors from the local area, and observed through the eyes of an unusual heroine Shola, Sarah Gavron’s ‘Rocks’ is a look into the urban youth culture of Hackney and the creative souls that reside in its underbelly.
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Map to the Stars (2014)

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Fame, incest, and a desperate desire to hold on to your fading youth feature prominently in this dark satire. Our Screen Queen, Julianne Moore plays Havana Segrand, the fading b-list Hollywood narcissist who cannot accept that her time in the limelight expired long ago. Havana’s demise runs parallel to the derangement of the Hollywood child star Benji Weiss.