I studied lots of theater in school. Especially Shakespeare. I’m a geek. When I lived in London I wrote reviews of every play I saw, and have been dying to become a theater critic since.
This blog is an effort to fulfill that dream, and play around in the crazy world that is pop culture. I’m living in New York, which is cool I guess. Here are the kinds of things that get my critical juices flowing:
If I had to listen to one artist for the rest of my life, it would probably be Robyn, because although I like all kinds of music (old-school British rock to hippie-indie pop to this), my preferred genre would best be described as girly-electro-indie-Euro-preferably-Swedish-alternative-dance pop.
I love living in the golden age of television. My favorite show is probably Mad Men. I read everything written about every episode, ever. In the past I’ve also enjoyed Scrubs, The West Wing, Lost, The Daily Show, Futurama, The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, SNL, Homeland, Sherlock, Game of Thrones, and I’m currently watching Veep. And, of course, this:
I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on, and even though I am a grown human now, I’m still fascinated by young adult fiction. K. A. Applegate, J. R. R. Tolkein, J. K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin – apparently anyone with initials in their name. I’m also a fan of David Sedaris, Alice Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, pretty much any 19th century British novelist, and Dr. Seuss. I believe the greatest American play is A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hainsberry, I’ve read everything from Oscar Wilde and Noël Coward to Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams, and I’m trying to read more contemporary theater.
As for movies, this one’s my favorite:
Because Jack Skellington is my doppelgänger. I also like Wes Anderson, the Coen brothers, and of course Nora Ephron. And movie musicals. I like keeping up with Hollywood gossip in general and red carpet fashion in particular, and I also like awards shows because they celebrate pop culture ridiculousness:
My favorite internet writers include Mark Blankenship, Linda Holmes, Scott Brown, Michael Feingold, Maureen Ryan, Matt Zoller Seitz, Emily Nussbaum, Susannah Clapp, Charles Spencer, Whitney Matheson, Ryan O’Connell, and Tom and Lorenzo. I may gush about them at times.
A couple years ago I went to a lecture by Ira Glass, who played some of the radio work he had been doing right out of college. He made fun of how awful it was, and pointed out how important it was to stick with the kind of work you want to do, even if it’s bad. I’m starting this blog, with all its silliness and geekery and who-knows-what, with his advice in mind: