Gentle Readers, welcome! It’s time for another installment of Things I’m Currently Obsessed With. Previous installments can be found here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. (I realize that at some point, I’m going to have to make a separate page for this.)
1. Regina Spektor – “Samson”
I’ve had a longstanding crush on Regina Spektor, and while favorite songs come and go (“Poor Little Rich Boy” got me through the last part of an ugly, extended break-up), I’m always amazed at how gorgeous and weird Spektor’s songs are. “Samson” is no different: while some argue that it’s about the ill-fated Samson and Delilah, others argue that this story takes place even before that one. It doesn’t really matter, because music is personal and connotative, and every listener will take their own meaning from a song.
What does matter is that this song is totally boss. When she sings “I loved you first”? I die a little.
I’ve been hearing good to great things about this show for years, but I’ve never actually taken the time to watch it. I can see why people love it–it’s smart, well-written, and superbly acted–but it’s also one of the tensest, uncomfortable shows I’ve ever watched. I can only watch one episode at a time, and then I need to take a break and do something silly. Distracting myself from how wrapped up I get with the characters and their plight is the only way I know how to cope.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, now would be a good time to do so. The series is currently streaming on Netflix–and there’s always the DVDs. It’s quality stuff.
3. Kate Nash – “Foundations”
Kate Nash is one of those artists that I stumbled across as the result of the magic of Last.fm. She’s British and vaguely reminiscent of Lily Allen, only kind of better (I like Lily Allen, too, okay?). Her lyrics are often sharp, funny, and observant, and she encapsulates the woes of your mid-twenties pretty perfectly. “Foundations” is one of my favorite songs. The song chronicles a relationship that’s essentially over but one in which the narrator is unable or unwilling to leave. It’s pretty catchy and great.
4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
This is a book that I can’t stop thinking about. I knew it was going to be good (Ness is one of my favorite writers, I think), and I read great things about it before I ever started it. And then I read it, and I couldn’t put it down. It broke my heart. It actually hurt my heart to read it. It’s that good. The drawings add dimension to a very strong story, and I am telling you, Gentle Readers, this is not one that you want to miss.
Have you seen this kid? He goes by the handle iTrevor on YouTube, and his purpose is simple: infiltrate Apple stores and film himself dancing and lip-synching to pop songs. The result is hilarious and more than a little brilliant. This video makes me so happy I can’t even properly convey it. It is a guaranteed mood-booster.
(Also, how funny are those girls in the background? Never has there been a more accurate or authentic representation of how awkward it is to be a young teenager. Ever.)