Exactly 24 hours after I begged the universe to bring us a kinder 2021, white supremacists attempted to overthrow the government. That’s not a hyperbolic statement. That isn’t even a slight exaggeration. Actual white supremacists ACTUALLY attempted a coup. And that’s not even the craziest thing that happened last week!

I could talk about Miya Ponsetto’s physical and indubitably racist attack on a 14 year old boy she falsely accused of stealing her phone (typical) or the resulting, instantly iconic interview in which she held up one pale palm to shut down thee Gayle King with an “enough” that perfectly…


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas and the weird, liminal week that follows it are in the rearview, the ball has dropped in NYC, and it’s the first week in January which means everything is new, new, new! I love Januarys because I love new beginnings and all the possibilities that blossom with them. Who will I be in 2021? I wonder to myself as I twist open the brand new moisturizer I bought especially for this occasion. What will I accomplish? I ask aloud as I boot up my painstakingly curated Notion, also newly bought for…


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Every Friday brings a fresh wave of musical releases from our favorite artists. In a new weekly offering called The Round-Up, this writer talks about some of her favorite hits and misses.

BLACKPINK, “Lovesick Girls”

I’m not ashamed to say that I’m a blink or whatever it is they’re calling Blackpink stans these days. They’re pretty, their fashion-forward, and they make music that reminds me of 2012 in all the best ways. “Lovesick Girls”, the third single from their long-awaited album (aptly called, The Album), is a good time, from that catchy hook to that infinitely singable post-chorus that…


I try to be eloquent with these things.

As a writer and someone who has spent their entire life loving and obsessing over the written word, eloquence is something of a point. But I have reached for eloquence for too long. I have searched for the perfect turn of phrase, the right antidote, or quip to perfectly distill this moment into a palatable and incredibly witty bite-sized chunk that will somehow solve everything while being nuanced and moving and liberating.

There is no such phrase or antidote or quip. There is just a prevailing and widening sense of helplessness, as…


The Best Of List is always a tricky proposition. It implies that one believes themselves to be an expert in the chosen category or at least important enough that their choices matter. It is usually presented as something objective but is inherently biased to the person, their race, their class, their personal preference and on and on and on. Best Of lists are kind of scam, and yet I love them anyway because it represents (to me at least) the pinnacle of definitive opinions. To proclaim anything as “good” feels like a dangerous undertaking in 2019 when public opinion vacillates…


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Marriage Story isn’t the worst movie I saw this year, but it isn’t the best. It certainly does not deserve to be leading the Golden Globe nominations in a year that gave us Uncut Gems, The Farewell, Parasite or literally any other movie not written by a white man in 2019.

I watched the movie when it came out on Netflix mostly because I saw that tweet about Scarlett Johansson doing her job and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And the truth is, I really didn’t mind it at first. It was a bit of a…


Well. It’s that time of year again.

Anyone who knows me knows that the Grammys lost any semblance of credibility for me in 2015, when Morning Phase, an album all of fifty people heard about, beat Beyonce’s surprise self-titled release for Album of the Year. I don’t care how brilliant Beck is, how long he’s been in the music industry, how nice it was that he finally got recognition for a supposedly better album released years prior. It was the snub of the decade, the century, and I have not recovered.

So. I’m very ambivalent when it comes to the…


On May 28, 2019, minutes before the dawn of a new day, Ansel Elgort dropped seventeen selfies in the span of three minutes. These pictures- unedited, unfiltered, and largely shot in front of a mirror by a shirtless Elgort came with no captions and no explanations. “Omg” one Instagram user commented underneath a close up of his smolder. “You’re killing me homie” this from former Justin Beiber clone turned Disney royal-consort Cody Simpson. “Why” another user asked simply, no question mark needed. It was the question on perhaps everyone’s lips. We post selfies on Instagram with the kind of ruthless…


Every time I see or hear anything about Shawn Mendes, I can’t help but wish he was more interesting than he is.

It’s hard to be a man with a guitar in 2019. The era of their ubiquitous stranglehold on pop radio is long gone. Pop-punk doesn’t seem like it’ll be making a triumphant return anytime soon as its forebearers ease into bubblegum territory, and the constant wave of mumble rappers pouring from SoundCloud into the Billboard Hot 100 doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

It’s almost spectacular that Mendes has a career at all.

When it comes to men…

April Amara

Cultural observer.

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