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Music

    • There’s been a lot of debate (that I haven’t kept up with) about who PPL MVR really are (maybe Brand New? but almost definitely not?) but, to be honest, I don’t care who is under those costumes. I forgot about the song after hearing it a few months ago but was reminded of it during this week’s crazy Brand New situation. Either way, it is pretty much all I’ve listened to all week. –Amanda

Television

    • I watched all of Kroll Show after realizing I have Amazon Prime and I absolutely loved it. It is hysterical and right up my street. I’ll talk more about it soon but for now… –Amanda
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Television

  • Like the rest of the world, I recently watched The Roast of Justin Bieber. Funny as it was, it mostly just reminded me how much I loved last year’s James Franco Roast…particularly Andy Samberg’s roast. –Amanda

Travel

  • I’ve been crazy excited for my trip to Atlanta in early May. While I briefly lived there when I was in third grade, this is only my second weekend trip up to Atlanta since I’ve been 21. I’m excited to find some awesome places for Boozy Brunch (my favorite) as well as other cool places to hang out. If you know of anywhere, let me know! I’ve been particularly interested in West Egg and Bartaco! –Amanda

Books

  • I recently finished reading my second book (South of the Border, West of the Sun) by Haruki Murakami. Although I’ve only read two so far, I have yet to not be completely blown away by his writing. If you are looking for something new to read and haven’t yet, you should definitely check him out. –Amanda

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Podcasts

  • Instead of road raging whilst changing the radio station every five minutes during my ten hours driving this weekend, I listened to a lot of podcasts . I listened to old Double X Gabfest podcasts from late last year. I especially liked the Three Sexy Witches Edition which fostered a really interesting discussion of #GamerGate (it still confuses me). It also took a look into Kelli Stapleton, a woman who tried to kill her violent autistic child, which posed a lot of debate about how to best help children like hers. It ended with the history of witches and their symbolism, which I enjoyed after reading primary and secondary sources on it for a class last month. -Vanessa
  • I also listened to Working, a podcast about what people do for work and how they go about doing it. I listened to old episodes, but I specifically liked the Stephen Colbert episode and the episode about a Virginia pastor. I liked the Stephen Colbert episode for obvious reasons; I always find it interesting learning how “the sausage gets made,” especially with TV shows I really like. And the pastor one was incredibly interesting because I am not particularly religious and had no idea how long his workday is and the types of cultural details he must pay attention to (not drinking wine when he is out, leaving doors open when talking to women in his office, etc.) -Vanessa

Television

  • I’m not sure if it fits here, but I don’t think it’s our M.O. to talk about sports, but it is also TV-related: March Madness. I filled out a bracket for the second time this year and joined an actual pool for the first time. I actually think I’m doing worse this year than last year, which sucks, but the upsets are still fun to keep up with. My pick to win, Virginia, defied me (and the nation) yesterday. So, I am in full despair now. -Vanessa

Internet

  • Like Amanda mentioned in her last post, I have also been enraptured by everything The Jinx. We’ve been discussing the ethics of this show in the apartment, I’ve been discussing it with professors, and I’ve listened to a lot of opinions about it online. These conversations are fascinating, so here are some of my favorite: The New York Times interview with Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling (which discusses how they falsely–for narrative–presented the arrest in front of Douglas’ stoop as happening before the second interview), a look into the timeline of the show on Gawker, and discussion on podcasts like Grantland’s The Hollywood Prospectus-Vanessa
  • I am obsessed with Pinterest. It took me some time to get used to it but now I’m absolutely addicted, especially when it comes to finding new recipes. Since making more at-home healthy meals a 2015 resolution, I’ve been pinning like mad. Recently, I’ve been loving this Triple Berry Spinach smoothie and these really simple Black Bean, Grilled Avocado & Goat Cheese tacos. But, best of all, I’ve been crazy about these Lentil Stuffed Peppers! They’re amazing! –Amanda

Shopping

  • I have been loving Gilt City lately. If you aren’t familiar, it is kind of a fancy Groupon-esque service. They have deals (sometimes even free ones!) that allow you to get tons of things for amazing prices. Just this week, I used their “pay $100 for $200 in credit” for Solstice Sunglasses and ended up buying my mom a new pair of sunglasses for less than half of their original price! I also bought their “pay $50 for $100 credit” for Space NK and was able to buy a ton, essentially getting everything half off. It keeps me (and my wallet) very happy.  –Amanda

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Podcasts

  • I started listening to NYT’s The Ethicist and I really like it so far. I know Vanessa wasn’t as crazy about it as I was so it probably isn’t for everyone. In short, it consists of the presentation of a handful of ethnical issues and how each of the three “ethicists” would approach the problem. Interesting! –Amanda

Life Stuff 

  • I just bought my ticket for the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta! Woooo, more Brand New! I’m so excited! –Amanda

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Television

  • I’ve been seeing some of my favorite people talk about HBO’s The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. I know absolutely nothing about it but seeing a ton of people I really trust enjoying it makes me wanna watch it as soon as spring break starts (t-minus 30 hours!) –Amanda
  • Speaking of tv, Netflix is going to get seriously amazing very soon – between House of Cards coming back and the release of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt… let’s just say I’m glad that I only have class twice a week. –Amanda
  • Finally, Catfish is back tonight!! I am completely, utterly and unabashedly obsessed with Catfish. That show brings me to new highs and new lows. Nev and Max are just…so…beautiful…and sweet. Even though it pains me that MTV thinks we as an audience might believe that these preposterous situations may be true, I don’t care because I love this show. (I just wrote two film midterms and I’m sort of burnt out – can you tell I’m having a tv moment?) Let us relish in what is to come… –Amanda

The Internet

  • I made my own cookie butter thanks to this recipe. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s kind of cool how I made it all on my own! -Vanessa

Podcasts

  • I gave lots of podcasts this week a try. I wanted to try to get into some new ones that are not the typical ones I listen to. I tried ones such as Slate’s Political Gabfest and NYT Mag’s The Ethicists, but my favorite this week was the StoryCorps podcast from NPR. This one specifically touched me. It’s about the first single gay man in California to adopt a child. Man, it will tug at your heart. -Vanessa

Music

  • Let me introduce you to my new favorite song, “Talking Body,” which I discovered after finally giving Queen of the Clouds a good listen. “Talking Body” is the next single after Tove Lo’s highly successful “Habits (Stay High)” and I’m just warning you that it will be all over the radio very, very soon because it’s incredibly infectious. I loved Queen of the Clouds so much that I’m thinking about doing a full review/analysis of it soon. But for now, enjoy this masterpiece. -Vanessa 

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Music

  • I’m totally obsessed with this cover Jesse Lacey and his wife did of John Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves.” I guess it’s not too much of a change considering all I ever do is listen to Jesse sing but still, I’m digging it. –Amanda
  • Marina and the Diamonds’ upcoming album, FROOT, leaked early. I love the change in the overall mood of the album, although Electra Heart will forever be special to me. I’m hoping I get to see her when she tours for FROOT. You can pre-order the album here. -Vanessa

The Internet

  • I read this long-ish article from the New York Times about public shaming on social media that I really liked. Justine Sacco’s first interviews on-the-record can give us insight into how people react to their social media mishaps. The author’s take on it is interesting because he tries to look at how we’re using social media to blast people on Twitter without knowing any context whatsoever. Plus, it allows us to humanize those who make mistakes on the Internet (something we are all guilty of). -Vanessa

Film

  • I’m writing my midterm papers this week. As my last semester of college is already half way over, I’ve been thinking a lot about my favorite things I’ve learned over the past few years and my favorite papers I’ve written. Definitely in my top 5 is the paper I wrote on Ballet Mechanique when I was taking a class on Avant-Garde films. If you haven’t seen the film, you definitely have to! It opened up an entire world for me and is probably now my 3rd favorite film of all time. –Amanda

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Television

  • Have you guys been watching Parks and Recreation? This season has been absolutely phenomenal and hilarious, especially because the 2017 pop culture references are somehow already funny in 2015. -Vanessa

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Books

  • I decided to try to complete Popsugar’s 2015 Reading Challenge! I was hesitant but Vanessa convinced me that it would be a good way to read things I wouldn’t normally read. I think I’m out to a good start. You can see my progress here. –Amanda