What we observe
Niv Joshi, author (@niveditajoshii)
A week ago, I took a 14 hour flight and then another three hour flight to come home to surprise my parents (luckily they were happy about that). What does a person do without WiFi and little or no legroom for 17 hours, you ask? You watch a lot of movies.
When I’m on a flight, I usually catch up on the films that I haven’t seen in the cinema and that are not available even on paid streaming services. I’d never heard of “The Intern,” starring Anne Hathaway, but after landing I learned why it was a cult classic.
“The Intern” is the sweet and heartwarming story of a 70-year-old man who works as an intern at a fast-paced fashion startup. When Instagram Reels took over my life, I slowly lost the patience to watch movies for two hours, especially those that weren’t made by Marvel. But what else can you do on such long flights?
While watching “The Intern” I never felt the need to check how much of the movie was left. I just smiled the whole time; The lovely chemistry between the two protagonists and the well-produced story that revolves around them was like nothing I’d seen in a long time.
If you are looking for something cute to watch, this movie is for you. Or you may have seen it before, in which case you might want to watch it again.
What we hear
Victor Simoes, writer (@victorhaysser)
Another week, another Brazilian recommendation from your fellow Brazilian writer.
Last week I revisited MC Tha’s album from 2019: “Rito de Passá“And it sounds surprisingly fresh. The first studio album by the singer-songwriter from São Paulo is guided by intimate experiences such as love, religion and self-discovery. It crosses the boundaries of musical genres with a formation of arrangements ranging from funk to regional sounds.
The highlights of the album include the self-titled track “Rito de Passá“, Which in its texts asks permission to enter the world of the listener. Full of religious references, this melody foreshadows the story that is told in the following tracks. “Coração Vagabundo“Goes from electronic pop to axé, with a touch of funk, to create a hymn for the restless romantics. In the pop perfection of “Comigo Ninguém Pode“MC Tha sings about self-empowerment and love. She understands her uniqueness as she sings, completes the record, owns her sound and makes the listener aware of her power.
“Rito de Passá” enchants precisely how MC Tha uses complex musical elements in an accessible manner; it’s a creative exercise that goes beyond the confines of a studio.
What we read
Megan Matti, author (@meganmatti)
I love my local library with its stacks of books that demand to be searched. After spending much of last year without going to the library, I recently went back and collected more than I could ever read in a week.
The first book was “Bunny” by Mona Awad – the epitome of autumn mood and dark science. “Bunny” takes the reader on a confusing journey into the minds of a wealthy clique in an elite college writing program. From there, Awad tackles the problems that arise from class differences, as well as the special nature of “swarming spirits”.
One thing to keep in mind about “Bunny” is the incredibly unreliable narrator who made it very difficult at times to follow and digest the real story. That being said, this novel is perfect for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in a horror novel that is shocking, confusing, and yet ultimately satisfying – even if the ending calls everything into question.
After finishing Bunny, I found I had picked up another horror novel, Grady Hendrix’s The Final Girl Support Group, and immediately jumped into it.
“The Final Girl Support Group” differed from “Bunny” in that it was a classic slasher. After a group of “last girls” – referring to the last girl left in battle as the one to defeat the “monster” – this book relied on common horror tropes to explain the horror Genre and Treatment of Women to Comment on in These Beloved Movies and Books. If you are a horror fan this book was written for you.
Here, too, my library has not let me down. This selection was quite pleasant; I highly recommend both of them if you want some fun fall reads before the season really starts.
What we’re up to
Julie Emory, writer (@ JulieEmory2)
One of the few fun aspects of moving is decorating and furnishing a new apartment to make it feel right at home. While this means spending more time browsing artist portfolios than organizing my current clutter (oops), it does give me the opportunity to support local artists who are not getting the recognition they deserve.
I am fortunate enough to spend my time working at Pike Place Market, which is where I discovered most of the artists that I have exhibited in my new apartment. One of the first prints I bought in Seattle from Marinin Saylor, perfectly embodies the quirky spirit I was originally looking for when I came to the west coast. you Map of Seattle fits perfectly with the playful character of La Ru‘s print from Pike Place Market. I think I’m just a succulent away from creating the perfect safe haven for the (hopefully) rare chance the UW will return to Zoom classes.
Of course, I mustn’t forget the brilliant work of the SeaTac-based artist Stasia Burrington. Especially after the madness of 2020 and now 2021, anyone can use at least one cat print and realistic (albeit stylized) depictions of girls. I am still overwhelmed with their use of watercolors and other media. I’ve even started an amateur foray into watercolor, partly inspired by the artists who brought my new space to life.
Contact authors Niv Joshi, Victor Simoes, Megan Matti and Julie Emory at [email protected]
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