I have been working too much at a new job and haven't had time to do certain things that I like to do, like read the Hairpin. I am sleep deprived at the moment and doing it anyway. My hand's up over here and this was really good for me.
Next up I want the video for Jenny You're Barely Alive!
On "The truth is, the ten or twenty minutes I was somebody’s mother were black magic": Ariel Levy's "Thanksgiving in Mongolia"
I had a friend in college who went through a really ..odd period, and at one point came to my house and told me he'd spent the past night sleeping on the street and talking to homeless people because he wanted their perspective. At the time (as he was 19 and existential-crisis-fueled) he planned to do it for a week, and then a man walking by gave him a sweatshirt because he looked cold, and he was so touched that he realized his privilege and how silly his stunt was. He did actively volunteer at a shelter for a long time after that, though.
Anyway, one memorable quote we always return to was that he came back boasting "Spend a week on the streets, and you'll learn five words that can get you a free meal at any restaurant in the city."
"What are they?"
"I don't know. I only spent one night."
Hahaha Jia, you're killing it with the indie-bands-i-tangentially-know. I used to wake up and sometimes find one of the dudes from Magic Man in my apartment last year. (for that reason, I've never actually listened to the band.)
@sophia_h one day he and Sia will reveal their plans and come for us all
I'm glad 1901 is nearly equal to Teenage Dream. I'm only genuinely disappointed that Best I Ever Had is doing so poorly because fuck that NY song and Drake is my guilty pleasure 4lyf - the other ones, like Wilco and LCD Soundsystem and even Robyn, don't surprise me at all for such a wide poll.
I am honestly stumped on 99 Problems v. Last Nite. It's like asking me to choose between two children.
@antarcticastartshere Britney does nothing for me. Never has. JT never used to, but he aged well, like the fine cheese he is.
I disagreed with everything you said until the Adele/Robyn faceoff.
@iceberg Seriously! Holy shit. I never went to sleepaway camp, but I was in Girl Scouts and a day camp (the former against my will) and I was WAY worse than this story describes. And my mom kept me in both because she thought they were good for me, and in ways they were. But if ANY adult had ever treated me like this, hell wouldn't have known her fury.
This is everything. This is everything to me.