Time is out of joint: the transmedial hauntology of David Bowie
If you have no idea what that means, well, it’s the title of an article in the academic journal Celebrity Studies. The current issue is dedicated to the study of Bowie.
Other recent issues have articles on (for example) The Great British Bake-Off, Super Voice Girl, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, X-Men, Doctor Who, Haruki Murakami, Amy Winehouse, Beckham, Beyoncé and Trump.
With access through UEA Library, you can read all of these online.
For example, the latest issue has a news item about the use of anti-depressant drugs in Northern Ireland:
Findings show that anti-depressants were prescribed to 12% of NI’s population in 2011 with this rate rising to 14% by 2015. “Over the entire five-year period 24% of the population were prescribed anti-depressants,” says Professor Shevlin. “Existing figures for 2013 show that proportionately more anti-depressants were prescribed in NI than 23 other countries worldwide…”
If you need background music for a video or slideshow, you could try the Free Music Archive.
The music is arranged by genre – Blues, Classical, Country, Electronic, etc. – and then sub-genre, such as Rock > Loud-Rock > Noise-Rock > Sludge. (More suitable, perhaps, as background music are genres such as Instrumental > Ambient.)
Tracks can be downloaded as mp3 files and then added to your project. Most of them have Creative Commons licences such as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.
As an explanation of the title, the author writes:
Mark Twain once said that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.
I could not find the source for this quotation. It appears in various forms on motivational websites, in collections of quotes, etc., but never with any bibliographical details. Project Gutenberg’s collected works of Mark Twain include references to frogs, but nothing that I could see about eating them.