Skip to main content

Some Things in Pop Culture/Culture This Week

I just returned from a late breakfast at the bus stop. I know that sounds glamorous, and believe me, Kim Kardashian dreams of my lifestyle.

Actually I was doing a lot of thinking. Seeing as how I'm now returning to normal so to speak, my thoughts aren't as morbid or as masochistic as they have been.

I'm going to share them with the world now.

1.) Miley Cyrus insults Sinead O'Connor's mental health- Okay, I am a fan of neither, but that is just LOW. Scumbag low. That's like insulting someone's physical condition. As you can deduce by my previous post, I kinda hate Miley. And I think Sinead is not the greatest but Miley has proven herself to be a tactless bitch. I am no Freud, but I think Ms. Cyrus has her own demons, so it's like the pot calling kettle black, really.

2.) Mia Farrow discusses Woody Allen's alleged sexual abuse in Vanity Fair- This was news to me. I love Woody Allen; he's a talented writer and director. However, it's another case (like J.D. Salinger for example) of art vs. artist. Allen apparently, according to Farrow and her daughter (boy she has a lot of kids), sexually abused said daughter as a little girl. Jesus. I knew Allen had married his stepdaughter (ugh), but to me that's a dealbreaker. Yet, he seems to be carrying on fine with his life. The allegation could not be true, and perhaps Farrow is just seeking another fight, but I'm unsettled. How do people get away with these things? Here's the Salon piece that explains this better than my ramblings. I really dislike the idea I've been supporting a potential pedophile for years...

3.) The middle class is basically gone. This is disturbingly true. The wealth gap is only worsening, and nothing seems to illustrate that better than this govt shutdown we're experiencing. HOLY SHIT WHY HAVEN'T THEY ENDED IT YET THIS IS REDONKULOUS (sp? w/e). And it's quite, quite scary: Look at most revolutions and what led to them.... I believe we may be existing in a pre-revolutionary period. The one percent has too much and the rest of us- well, we don't seem to matter, do we? You had the Occupy movement, which was an attempt to change things. But that was more or less a joke; I hate to say it. It didn't accomplish much. Still, if the state of the country doesn't upset you, then I don't know what will.

4.) This shutdown really needs to end. I say this as John Boehner is getting a pedicure somewhere.

5.) Jennifer Lawrence was told to lose weight for a film role. It's absurd; SHE'S GORGEOUS. There is nothing wrong with her body. It's just Hollywood and those ridiculous standards again. I commented on this story; I'm sure the woman I replied to has probably struck back at me by now. But it's true- you can't just tell a person to lose weight or that they're fat and expect them to lose 20 lbs. If a person really needs to lose weight and they decide they want to, then it will happen. Whoops! Plural pronouns. 

6.) Someone made Fiona Apple cry in Portland at her gig. The heckler basically criticized her appearance and insinuated that Apple will die some time soon. :( I kind of agree, she's not looking super healthy, but perhaps she's just tired? Anyway, that's the kind of issue that's reserved for INTERVENTIONS WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY NOT RANDOM ASSHOLES IN AUDIENCES. Seriously, Fiona, if you ever read this: call me. We can hug it out. You're wonderful.

7.) Here's Mayer Hawthorne covering Lorde's "Royals:"


Popular posts from this blog

"Mon Soleil" - Ashley Park

If there's anything people take away from my piss-poor legacy, I hope it's what a huge, unabashed fan of "Emily in Paris" I am and will continue to be. People love "90 Day Fiancee," "The Bachelor," and other garbage - allow me "Emily," which is at least harmless, kind of goofy fluff (which does, unfortunately, lean into some stereotypes, as the country of Ukraine knows ). I have already watched Season 2 twice. And honestly my favorite part of this show (despite my crush on Camille Razart and Lily Collins channeling Audrey Hepburn hardcore ) is Ashley Park. This woman has superstar written all over her. She's a bona fide Broadway star, and "Emily in Paris" has served as her pivot into the zeitgeist.  "Emily in Paris" is also showcasing her vocal prowess front and center this season, with her covering BTS, "All By Myself," "Sympathtique," and Marilyn Monroe. But the real standout performance is th

"Anchors" - AM Higgins

Here's a nice breezy, almost sensual song from AM Higgins (the solo project of musician Annie Toth) to start your Tuesday off right.  Her debut album "Hymning" will be out November 5th on Victorialand Records. The album was mixed by Casey Foubert, a frequent collaborator of Sufjan Stevens. The album "captures the first years of moving from an American city to rural France." Sounds like "Hymning" will be a welcome escape from the world we live in right now, especially considering that Annie Toth counts poets Mary Oliver and Thomas Merton as influences.

Summer Playlist - 2022 Edition!

 It's truly the little things in life that make a world of difference. And for me, that means my summer playlist! Behold, I have put together 2022's edition. It includes cuts from artists like: - Mitski - Uffie - Johnny Orlando - Kylie Minogue + Jessie Ware - Florence and the Machine (who put out a fantastic album this year after a long dry spell of kind of "meh" records. Her pairing with Jack Antonoff worked out quite well!)  - Bilal - Harry Styles (he has some catchy music!)  - KATE BUSH DUH - And of course, Lana. It's also available on Apple Music, but since I recognize a lot of folks use Spotify, here's that link. Enjoy!