There are certain epistemological questions that plague only the very young or the very stoned. When I was a kid, before my cognitive development peeled away so noticeably from that of my peers, these questions seemed trivial. Did other people see the same colors or feel the same things in the same way? It didn’t matter, and then it did.
When I was diagnosed with a developmental disorder—a non-specified, “high-functioning” place on the autism spectrum—the things I’d always asked myself seemed, suddenly, to have a very serious dimension. I wasn’t the same as other kids, and the differences felt fundamental, as though the materials and structures that composed me were [...]
Happy Friday, everyone. I've had a really Prince-heavy week because of that "You're Still the One" cover, which sent me back to Jessie Ware's gorgeous take on Martika's Prince-penned "Love Thy Will Be Done," which in turn tipped me down one of my favorite musical rabbit holes: songs with only two chords. This musical family ("Born in the USA," "Heroin," "Road to Nowhere" are three of the most obvious ones) is full of teases, tracks that build on their hooks without ever really resolving, and here are my current favorites. Of course the originals of "Dreams" and "Ceremony" are flawless, but you already know what those sound like, and [...]
Between graduating from college and last year, I went through seven apartments and three jobs, and spent so much time failing to become a Real Adult that actual happiness started to feel quaint and retrograde, a concept best left to children and the upper middle class. This spring though, something finally shifted, and not just for me. One of my best friends wrote and produced a play in New York. Another landed the kind of job that will let her buy a house and furnishings not from IKEA. I moved into an apartment across the street from a restaurant devoted entirely to pie. More and more, the intense periods [...]