Posts Tagged: jane hu

Mariah Carey, Pervert And Genius

Jane Hu: So, I have a confession. Last night I sang “We Belong Together” at karaoke and am basically forcing you now—the most intelligent Elusive Chanteuse scholar I know—to yak about her. But I don’t really feel that bad since this just happened:

Jen, this video is so #onbrand. It’s like ‘90s Mariah unhinged and imported to 2015, replete with texts from exes, speech bubbles, and multi-syllabic adverbs like “truthfully.” The bridge is perfect too: rhyming “Have you ever felt this on your own?” with “Everything you own, boy, you still owe.” #Ooh. #Aah.

Jen Vafidis: God, I laughed so much when I watched the lyric [...]


Real Sub-Headings I Have Considered For My Thesis

A completely serious list.

"Whose Line Is It Anyway?": Improvisational Speech Acts

How To Talk About The Death Drive At Cocktail Parties

Girl, Interrupted: In Gothic fiction, only heroines seem to faint

Two Is The Loneliest Number

Driving Out of Time

Pathos and Pathology

Tweet, Memory

Creepily Benevolent Masculinites: Caspar Goodwood versus Casper the Friendly Ghost

"I'm Pregnant" and The Periperformative

Hangry and Other Food Feelings

A Will To Irrationality

Freud's Penis Envy in Beyond The Pleasure Principle


The Women of Our Year

We salute you, Robin Griffin, Wendy Davis, writers of dinosaur erotica, Kreayshawn, Diane Martel, Adele Exarchopolous, Erykah BaduEmily M. Keeler, Nancy Silberkleit, our mothers and role models and newlywed lovers and really you guys, all of our friends.


A Reasonable Review of One Direction's New Album, Which Is the Best Album Ever

Yesterday was the official release date for Midnight Memories, One Direction’s third studio album. Aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Yessss!! No? Am I talking to the right demographic? It doesn’t matter. I’m here to talk to you about the important stuff, which is the music.

The music: holy smokes.

Our boys are still the same boys, even if they're now boys-verging-on-men, and they even helped write almost all the tracks on the new album. Let that sink in: it’s their very own words coming from their very own souls into my very own earphones.

Let's do this: track-by-track, first-but-not-final impressions.

(And if anyone can correctly list them in [...]


A Reasonable Conversation About Carly Rae Jepsen's New Song, Which is the Best Song Ever

Hu: JENNNNNNNN. We meet again.

Vaf: Yes, Jane, for a GOOD REASON.

Hu: So, this morning, when I logged onto Gchat, I had no idea that you would be blessing me with this:

Jen, I really really really really like this song.

Vaf: ME TOO. I had no idea that we, the world, would be blessed with it.

Hu: Apparently, one of my friends listened to it last night? Without FW-ing it to me? #notmyfriend

Vaf: Um, I sent it to you immediately after listening to it. Just saying, I’m the greatest.

Hu: All I know is that the last time CRJ came out with a [...]


Adventures With Gym Man

Story by Jane Hu, illustrations by Hallie Bateman.

Based on very true events.


Acting For, Anticipating, Speaking Back to the Male Gaze: In Praise of Adèle Exarchopolous

At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the coveted Palme d’Or was awarded to Blue Is The Warmest Color, a three-hour coming-of-age lesbian film. This three-hour French lesbian film beat out other contenders such as A Touch of Sin (by a CHINESE PERSON) and Inside Llewyn Davis! (Note: the most recent Coen Bros film is truly a touching meditation on masculinity, but!) In presenting the prize, this year’s jury (headed by Steven Spielberg) made an exception: rather than simply give the Palme d’Or to director Abdellatif Kechiche, the award was to be shared among Kechiche and the film’s two leads, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux.

Cannes’s acknowledgement of Exarchopolous’s and [...]


A Reasonable Conversation About Taylor Swift's New Album, Which Is The Best Album Ever

JEN VAFIDIS: HI JANE. There is a new Taylor Swift album out today, and it is already totally undeniable. The first single is a #1 hit, the second single was #1 on iTunes within 10 minutes of its release, and Taylor has been teasing us via Instagram about these new songs for what seems like years. It’s only been a few weeks, but still. I love her, you love her, let’s talk about her.

JANE HU: When I tell people that 1989 is going to get me through the rest of 2014, I’m 100% not exaggerating. Even though the three pre-releases have really sent some MIXED SIGNALS about [...]


My Beauty Regimen

It turns out that the Montreal bathroom cabinet of Jane Hu, age 25, looks sort of like a CVS shelf in the midst of a hurricane warning.


I get up a couple hours before I’m supposed to leave in the morning and I’ll practice piano. Sometimes I moisturize before going outside. I like grabbing whatever is closest to me—usually body lotion, which I take to mean can be used for the whole body, including face. Lubriderm fulfills the same function.

I slather myself with body lotions. It’s pretty easy and cheap, but it works.

On a recent plane ride, I rubbed hand lotion over my face. [...]


No Future: The Sing-Off and the Art of A Cappella

Phil: Jane, you and I love a cappella, even though it’s not cool, it doesn’t give us any kind of cultural capital to love it and it doesn’t even give us a real sense of belonging inasmuch as neither of us are active participants in actual a cappella groups. But do we ever love it, and we’ve been talking about writing about how much we love it for years now. For that reason, I was ecstatic when I saw that The Sing-Off, NBC’s a cappella competition show had been resurrected for an abbreviated fourth season by professional resurrector-of-things Mark Burnett. Before we get into the nitty gritty of that [...]