Music Monday: Issues by Julia Michaels

I heard a lot of love songs in my time. Most of them have this air of insincerity, or I have attended way too many divorces weddings it's clouded my judgment. I love the honesty in this track. Everyone has issues heading into a relationship, something I wished someone told me in my twenties. I …

Book Talk: Bone Street Rumba Series by Daniel Jose Older

How do I start a post regarding these three novels? Perhaps their creator, no resurrectionist, says it better: Genres don't die anyway, not really.  They just hibernate, waiting for that magical resurrection juice to come rev em up again. --Daniel Jose Older (He goes into detail about who says a trend is 'dead' in this …

The Cord Cutter’s Update: Reattaching The Cord

While taking a break from bopping to 'Cut to the Feeling,' I decided to take a listen to the Castlevania teaser trailer from Netflix. I already knew about it from Slate, and anything animated gets a good look. I like a well-made motion picture, but I admit to indulging my inner teen/tween/kid with a given …

Music Monday: To Be Human by Sia Feat. Labyrinth 

Ever since Gal Gadot showed up as Wonder Woman, and helped save the mess that was Batman vs. Superman, women have waited to see the solo film. It's no secret this movie had high expectations from women like: Please don't sexualize her. Let director Party Jenkins do her damn job studio yobs! For pity sakes, …

The Essay Will Feel Like It’s Killing You

Porochista Khakpour’s experiences as an immigrant overlap with mine. For years people say ‘write what you know’ but really mean ‘but not too much to be too ethnic.’ Besides hitting the tender parts of my experiences through her’s, I love this structure and narration used in this piece. It unfolds with a novelist’s hand as ‘write what you know’ turns into something a writer can own.

Longreads

At Catapult, Porochista Khakpour reflects on her desire to write — about anything other than being Iranian-America. Deeply conflicted about speaking from her perspective as an Iranian-American, she says, “Remind yourself that when the performance is honest two things happen: The essay will feel like it’s killing you and the ending will not be what you thought it might be. Learn to respect more than resent those parallel planes of living and the rendering of living.”

Begin by writing about anything else. Go to the public library in your Los Angeles suburb and ask for all the great books people in New York City read, please. Wonder if the reference librarian knows a living writer and ask her what would a living writer read—and an American one, please. When she realizes you are still single digits and asks, Where are your parents, young lady? don’t answer…

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Music Monday: Cut To The Feeling by Carly Rae Jepsen

Every so often a song comes along and makes you feel what this Tweeter summed up perfectly in 140 words: https://twitter.com/jmdornbush/status/867969451525722112 Since listening to the song last Friday, I have not taken it off repeat. Will I get sick of it? No. I make myself take breaks to come back refreshed and ready to tackle …

A Vacation From My Vacation

Call it two parts vacation and one part unintended hiatus. My mom went in for surgery, nothing serious, on May 9th. I took some time off to take her to the hospital, stay with my 91-year-old dad, do some more physical household tasks around their house, some grocery shopping, and attended the college's annual PD …