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On Angel Olsen, "White Fire"

I've been obsessed with Angel Olsen since Strange Cacti came out & her new album is so amazing and so good and I've basically been listening to nothing else for the last couple of weeks (thanks to a pre-order download). It's up on NPR's first listen right now if anyone doesn't want to wait until the official release.

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 11:52 am 0

On The Year in Beautiful Book Covers

@lookuplookup I did like Night Film - I binge read it in a 24 hour period that also included watching Cabin in the Woods and Room 237, so I think I was also kind of primed to read a literary horror/suspense novel. I do think that this book had a lot of the same flaws that people complained about in Pessl's first novel, so if you read and disliked Special Topics in Calamity Physics, then this probably isn't a book that will change your mind about Pessl's writing.

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm 0

On The Year in Beautiful Book Covers

I loved the covers for A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, Night Film by Marisha Pessl, and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (all books I treated myself to hardcover copies of this year). I also loved the illustration on the cover of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl (which was a perfect and charming and sweet/sad YA novel) and the typography on the cover of The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner (though the book itself left me cold).

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 9:58 am 0

On December 13th Now and Forever to Be Known as Beyday, a Celebration of Excellence, Surprises and Grown-Ass Women

@twirl2 You can stream it here (for now - idk how long this will last?): http://www.heavy.com/entertainment/2013/12/beyonce-visual-album-stream-mp3-listen-tracks/

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 9:41 am 0

On December 13th Now and Forever to Be Known as Beyday, a Celebration of Excellence, Surprises and Grown-Ass Women

A Beyonce x Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie is all I wanted out of 2013. Live your best live & read Americanah & listen to Beyonce.

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 9:40 am 1

On Realistic ModCloth Descriptions

@distrighema This comment could not have been timed any better as I was JUST BEMOANING the weird cutout in this dress: https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/DRESSES/waistdefineddresses/PRDOVR~08738/08738.jsp

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm 1

On Joanna Gruesome, "Tugboat" (Galaxie 500 cover)

I love JG's album, but have yet to come around to their name (this will most likely never happen.)

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 10:54 am 0

On Friday Open Thread

@LilRedCorvette I'm in the same sitch and have concealed a rather large tattoo on my right thigh through many a sweltering Cleveland summer just because I don't want to hear my dad say, "But why would you do that to your body?"

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 4:44 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@A. Louise I normally go to the Halloween covers show at the Beachland, but I'm not super into the lineup this year. Last Halloween I lived in an apartment and this Halloween I live in a house with neighbors who have kids, so maybe I am just going to be at home handing out candy?

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm 0

On Remembering Lilith: Fiona Apple

shades and shadows undulate in my direction

I feel like Fiona Apple is at least partially responsible for my off the charts score on the verbal portion of the GRE.

I used to listen to Tidal on my discman every night before falling asleep. I have diary entries that quote Apple's lyrics (prolifically) & yet... I don't know, her music hasn't followed me into adulthood in the same way that other music has. (Like, The Blake Babies' Sunburn is still a very key text for me as is Mary Timony's The Golden Dove, but something about Apple has remained very specific to adolescence.)

I will say that I did see Fiona Apple in concert last summer with my best friend from middle school and it was exactly as transformative as we had always dreamed and hoped it would be. (Also, the venue had moderately priced nachos that were not unlike the ones available in our middle school cafeteria, so the whole thing was very authentically late nineties for us.)

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm 4