Magazine: Rolling Stone the Nineties Special Edition: I have a self-destructive habit of impulse-buying every music magazine on the stand at the grocery store checkout, even when the magazine is $12.99 and I’ll probably have thrown it away by next week. But Rolling Stone’s Nineties special edition is pretty fun, and makes me feel nostalgic even though I was a baby during most of the ‘90s. I’m also not a huge fan of Pearl Jam, Marilyn Manson, or Britney Spears. But now I have insight I never even knew I wanted on Britney Spears’ 17-year-old life in 1999—poor girl had envisioned herself singing “Sheryl Crow music, but younger,” and ended up with “Baby One More Time” instead. Who knew! The only downside to this special edition magazine is that all of the feature writers—there are eleven—are men. I know these pieces were initially published 20 years ago, but come on Rolling Stone. Do better.
Music: Spotify: I know it’s been mentioned before, but ever since I re-subscribed to Spotify with my student discount, I find myself using the app constantly and making a new playlist every other day. I experimented with Apple music, but it didn’t seem to be as reliable or aesthetically appealing to me as Spotify is. I also don’t have the money or the amount of storage space necessary to use the newer streaming service Tidal, so Spotify is my kin. Featured in the Nineties' Rolling Stone is a list of the 50 Best Songs of the ‘90s, which I turned into a playlist so I have a reason to listen to songs by Sleater-Kinney, Ghostface Killah, and R.E.M. consecutively.
Book: Jane Eyre: As an English major, I feel that I should be ashamed for not reading Jane Eyre until I was a 20-year-old third-year college student. Regardless, it’s now one of my favorite books. If I’d read Jane Eyre as a teenager, I’m sure I would have loved it for all the wrong reasons, and as a young adult I read it with the realization that Jane is an imperfect heroine, I (definitely) don’t have the hots for Mr. Rochester, and poor Bertha must be one of the most misunderstood characters in history. She can come live in my nonexistent attic any day.
TV Show: Orange is the New Black: Last week, exclusive shots from OITNB’s upcoming season four were revealed, and things are looking intense. As they usually are, on such a drama-filled show, but the entertainment factor is just one of the reasons why OITNB is my favorite, and why I’ve been re-watching the entire series in anticipation for the new season. The cast is made up of beautiful, diverse women of all races and body types, whose physical flaws are oftentimes emphasized for the show, which is such a rare thing to see on television even today. Not to mention that an actual transgender actress plays a transgender woman, a butch lesbian plays the character of the butch lesbian, and actresses that were once told they’re “too old” for Hollywood (or too fat, too black, or too Latina) are welcome—how often does that happen?
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