Admittedly, I am more than a little late to this train. For me, Lady Gaga lost most of her lustre something like 5 years ago. At the beginning of her career, I worshiped her for the same reasons everyone else did. I adored her catchy dance tunes (so much so that I blame The Fame for at least one speeding ticket,) I found her avant-garde fashion sense to be entirely mesmerizing, I was both shocked and emboldened by her blatant sexuality, and like so many others I loved the way she was so willing to use her music and celebrity as a mechanism for speaking up about gay rights. As time went on, for me at least, her antics grew tired, drab and finally boring. Gaga ushered in an age of garish pop-stars and grew to have so many imitators that she herself seemed to lose some of her originality, and with the release of Artpop any interest I had in her music was gone. Continue reading “A Million Reasons why Lady Gaga’s “Joanne” is Her Best Album to Date”
Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up is a poignant examination of the disappointment of life not quite working out, and how a person can forge their identity in spite of it. One thing that people often lose sight of as they wind their way through life is that every individual experiences hardship, struggles with who they are, and has something dark and troubling in their past. Often, people are guilty of thinking of themselves as the only individuals who are having to endure trials and tribulations, but books are good reminders that this isn’t the case. Attenberg’s protagonist Andrea Bern is a particularly good reminder that things aren’t always what they seem.