Issue 27

The Good, Evil, Distance and Honesty Edition

A weekly dispatch from What We Seee. Part of an ongoing mission to fulfil the cultural promise of the internet. An enriching and eclectic collection of music, art, film and stories. Think of it as your digital 5-a-day.

Good v. Evil: “The problem is, God is very confusing in his instructions”

Catherine Nixey, Cardinal Peter Turkson, Wole Soyinka, David S. Rose and Jean-Marie Guéhenno discuss whether we can know what good and evil are.

Coldplay’s Daddy is uneasy listening

With evocative animation from Aardman Studios this latest offering from Coldplay is an emotional and affecting reflection on the distance and disruption of paternal relations.

Superheroes and everyday life

The Jump, by artist Hetain Patel, connects the widely recognised fantasy of Hollywood action and superhero films, with the domestic setting of his British Indian family home.

The most honest three minutes in television history

Take in this Jeff Daniels performance in Newsroom. “America is not the greatest country in the world” he says. A feeling held by citizens of many democracies. And his advice: “The first step in solving any problem is recognising there is one.”

Norma Jean transforms into Marilyn

“I’ll never forget the day Marilyn and I were walking around New York City, just having a stroll on a nice day. She loved New York because no one bothered her there like they did in Hollywood – she could put on her plain-Jane clothes and no one would notice her.
She loved that.

So as we we’re walking down Broadway, she turns to me and says ‘Do you want to see me become her?’ I didn’t know what she meant but I just said ‘Yes’- and then I saw it.

I don’t know how to explain what she did because it was so very subtle, but she turned something on within herself that was almost like magic.

And suddenly cars were slowing and people were turning their heads and stopping to stare. They were recognizing that this was Marilyn Monroe as if she pulled off a mask or something, even though a second ago nobody noticed her.

I had never seen anything like it before.”

Amy Greene, wife of Marilyn’s personal photographer Milton Greene

Cover photo: Liz Hurley at the Batcave, London, 1984

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