Issue 51

The Magic, Moaning and A Better World 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.

Burnin’ in my soul

Start this weekend right with a lesson on how to do a cover by The Staves, performing Bruce Springsteen’s Fire. There is sunshine, anger, unrest, anxiety and hope on the streets – this rendition will prepare you for it all.

The history books lied to me

The poem – Black Breath – by Shungudzo Kuyimba was inspired by George Floyd whose last words were, “I can’t breath”.
In describing the poem Kuyimba says,

“Even though my mind can point to the political and systemic evils that continuously pit people against one another, my heart can’t understand why hatred exists anywhere. I am deeply saddened and torrentially outraged by what’s happening in America, and throughout the world. Alongside those emotions stands an equal amount of inspiration to be a better person, and fight a greater fight for the human rights that all people deserve, but that have been continuously denied to people of color throughout history.”

What is worth what?

How to Be Alone, a short film by Sindha Agha who says, “I was struggling with quarantine — until I found the polar explorers”.
A story of how you can find strength and inspiration in the strength of others. And a reminder about beauty around us; the value of objects, emotions and relationships. As as all look forward to ‘post-return growth’ she asks us to consider the wisdom gained from Antarctic experiences – “what is worth what?”.

Nothing is more confused than to be ordered into a war to die without the faintest idea of what’s going on

Spike Lee upcoming film Da 5 Bloods: the story of four African-American Vets who return to Vietnam searching for the remains of their fallen Squad Leader and the promise of buried treasure. They battle forces of man and nature while confronted by the lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War.

I belong with you, you belong with me

There is hope ahead for considered openings and safe social distance; a grateful easing of isolation whilst being thoughtful to the ones still battling. The Lumineers performing Ho Hey and Big Parade is exactly what you need to get your mood moving in the right direction.

Cover photo

Martin Luther King Jr. and Marlon Brando, 1968


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