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13 Amazing LGBTQIA+ Musicians to Check Out This Summer!
1. St. Vincent Born Annie Clark, St. Vincent grew up in Dallas, Texas. With an angular face, dark penetrating eyes, and a low, lilting voice, St. Vincent covers a great deal of ground; she sings about her father’s incarceration, her failed romantic relationships, the frantic hum of New York City and the glitter of Los Angeles. With five studio albums under her belt, and a plethora of awards well-earned, St. Vincent is not going anywhere anytime soon. Check out her subversive frenetic pop hit “Cheerleader”, the feverish rhythm of “Pieta”, or the low intensity of “Masseduction” if you’re looking for somewhere to start.
Love in the Time of Animal Crossing
When I matched with my last girlfriend on Tinder, neither of us were quite sure how it had happened, from a logistical perspective. She was living in Los Angeles, and I was based in Berkeley for college. Both of us had our preferred locations set to 15 or 20 miles away maximum, and yet somehow, we both swiped right on each other. What followed was a kind of game in which neither of us were ever serious with the other because at the end of the day, neither of us really intended to meet up. Where would we go, Merced?
The story of how Rosa came up out of the sea was old gossip by the time the girl had reached her seventeenth year. After all, it was the kind of story that was still shared around dinner tables when the conversation went stale, or in the schoolyard amongst children desperate for their own share of novelty and adventure.
Mayfair School for Girls.
Ida fiddled with the starched collar of her uniform, wishing vaguely that she could undo just one of the buttons so that the fabric was not pulled quite as tightly around her throat. But the Mayfair Prospectus Handbook had been very specific about things of this nature. All skirts must be pleated and fall just below the knee; anything shorter would not suffice. Hair must be pulled back, either in plaits or a chignon-- messy buns or loose tendrils were for outside of class. Stockings or tights were non-negotiable, and ties must be fastened neatly around the collar, not left untied. Blazers should be freshly creased, and so on.
Egyptian Demonology 101
What do we mean by demons? In contemporary Western society, the word demon encompasses a mess of malevolent connotations. Its invocation evokes half-baked images from "The Exorcist" or at the very least a sense of profound unease. But in Ancient Egypt, the demonic was considered in an entirely different light. So whether you're an aspiring occultist, or someone genuinely interested in the ancient cosmologies and cultures of the Near East, buckle in for a brief description of Egyptian demonology.
Anton slipped his hands into the soft lining of his coat, fighting back a shiver as he gazed out at the edge of the forest. The moon loomed out from behind softly gliding clouds, and the ground was thick with a layer of ice. He glanced for a moment at his watch, and the numbers 12:04 gleamed back at him.
What the Infinite Time Loop in “Palm Springs” Can Teach us about the Current Pandemic
Let me set the scene: It won’t be hard since we’ve all been there—some cocky, smirking white boy approaches you on the day of your sister’s wedding and “accidentally” gets you embroiled in his drama. And your really can’t refuse because, as I’ve mentioned, it’s the day of your sister’s wedding (and since this is like the fourteenth month of the pandemic you’ve probably re-watched the Godfather at some point, right?), and also because as a feminine presenting person you’ve involuntarily internalized the aspects of the patriarchal system of which you are indelibly intertwined. All this is to say, you’re used to doing all manner of emotional/ existential/ theoretical physics-adjacent labor for men who think they are too cynical and cool and quirky to actually give a damn.
Did Your Uncle Kill Your Dad Just to Usurp His Throne and Marry Your Mother, or Are You Maybe Overthinking This?
So you’re concerned that maybe your life resembles that of Hamlet, the crown prince of Denmark. Don’t worry! We’ve all been there (kind of)! Take this simple quiz to figure out just how dire these straights you’re in, are exactly. Whether you’ve been struggling with the cold-blooded murder of your father, the king, or the poetic flower-themed ravings of your recently insane girlfriend, or just trying to convince your best friend that you’re not acting weird and losing your mind when you are, we’ve got you covered.