Charlie Bertsch / 22 Sep 2022

On Being A Fan

Growing Older With Pavement

As the first chiming notes of Pavement’s “Grounded” rang out, I leaned into my friend. “This is my favourite.” Although a huge fan herself, with her interior décor and a large tattoo to prove it, she looked up at me, quizzically. “Really?”(...)
Charlie Bertsch / 14 Sep 2022

Details Are Everything

Jean-Luc Godard’s Weekend

The first thing that came to mind, when I learned that Jean-Luc Godard had passed away, was a sequence from his 1967 film Weekend. Not one involving one of its many fiery car crashes or the guerrilla outfit that tramps around in the woods near the end, but something more subtle.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 06 Jul 2022

Working Through History

Folk on Acid, by OOPUS

If you stumbled upon Estonian band OOPUS at a festival, where many different acts are on the schedule, it might take you a few minutes to realize how special they are.(...)

The Battleground / 29 Jun 2021

The Cultural Front

The Battleground’s Summer Book List

It's 2021, not 1917. Yet, when you read as much progressive media as The Battleground does, you'd be forgiven for mixing up the dates.(...)
The Battleground / 05 Jun 2019

Too Much About Salvini

The Battleground Guide to Summer Books (And One Magazine)

For the last six months, populism has been the only game in town. If it’s not Salvini it’s been Salvini. Not only was the topic over-reported. Predictions of his triumph were wrong.(...)