The Confrontation, Afterlife and Injustice issue
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.
One of the saddest scenes in film is filled with love
This scene from Warrior with a towering performance from Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy is painful and familiar to watch. It perfectly captures the challenge of our deepest relationships that can be filled with a tangled mess of love, pain and anger in the same moments.
The beautiful sounds of Ben Howard’s heartbreak
Ben Howard fills every song with a full heart; a phenomenal vocalist and lyricist. This performance of End of the Affair is one of his best. He is completely consumed by the story he shares and his guitar is a surprising companion to make it deep, tribal and hypnotic.
Death ‘aint nothin’ but a song
Donte Collins makes death a beautiful thing in his poem ‘Death ‘Aint Nothin’ But A Song’. A joyful performance with an endearing explanation of a possible afterlife and why our loved ones are taken from us, “Someone must have asked my mother to dance”.
Discussing the devastation of sexual assault
Megyn Kelly gathers a group of people who were featured in the films Bombshell and Loudest Voice. They did not have anything to do with the films, did not act in them, but their stories were vividly portrayed. Watching the films make you angry at the oppressive and abusive environment at Fox News and many other organisations. But watching the people affected watch and re-live the abuse will make you feel the horror and injustice.
Martin Luther King Jr’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham jail’
This 7,000 word letter was written by Marin Luther King Jr from prison in Birmingham in response to a newspaper article that criticised a march and demonstrations calling attention to racism and segregation in Alabama.
It is thoughtful. compelling, conversational and filled with useful reflections on ways to confront any injustice.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self-purification; and direct action.”
Judy Garland in Babes on Broadway, 1941