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, here, and here. (I realize that at some point, I’m going to have to make a separate page for this.)
High school teen queen Brooke McQueen (seriously) rules her school. She’s head cheerleader, has a football player boyfriend, and is the envy of everyone. When Sam McPherson, a totally nobody, gets in her business, Brooke is pissed. The two girls are on the opposite side of the popularity spectrum and want nothing to do with one another. When their parents start dating each other, things get even messier. It becomes an all-out war.
This show aired on the WB in the late nineties. The teens on the soap were in high school at the same time I was, and I have to say that the 90s fashions make my parts hurt. Popular was totally weird, and watching it again now is somewhat surreal. Popular was Ryan Murphy’s test-run for Glee, and it’s interesting to notice similarities (and repeating plot lines) between the two shows. If you’ve never watched this show, I suggest you check it out for its camp value alone.
Essentially about a group of girls in their mid-twenties, Close’s novel focuses on the uncertainty of post-college life and the troubles with trying to date and maintain relationships. Close’s novel is wry, darkly funny, and often uncomfortably true. Even though I had some issues with the structure of the book (which I will cover in my review), I’ve found that I can’t get the book out of my head. That has to stand for something, right?
3. Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
I don’t know what it is about Lana Del Rey–it could be that she’s kind of beautiful/kind of weird-looking, or it could be that she’s only released something like 3 songs and is already super divisive. It might be the fact that she refers to herself as the “Gangsta Nancy Sinatra,” which is, of course, sort of irritating. Whatever it is, I do know that I can’t seem to get enough of this song. Controversy lives on.
4. tUnE-yArDs – “Bizness”
This video is a total trip. Merrill Garbus has always brought the weird to her music, and “Bizness” is no different. Primal, nervy, and lush, tUnE-yArDs is one of my favorite artists of the year (and her album, Who Kill, is definitely in my top 10). If you haven’t given her a listen, you should do so now. Don’t let the glowy teeth scare you: this song is amazing.
5. Year-End Best Of Lists
I’ve already posted about this, but it doesn’t hurt to reiterate my love for this stuff. I love year-end lists. I’m not even particularly discerning about what it is: I like movie lists, book lists, TV lists, music lists, pop culture event lists–you name it, I love it. Large Hearted Boy is keeping track of a lot (A LOT) of Best of Lists. You should check it out.