As with Jordan Catalano’s group, "The Frozen Embryos" on the 90s TV show, My So-Called Life, band names don’t necessarily have to make sense. Especially when you’re a teenager-- they’re just another way to express bottled-up angst.  Although I could stare at pictures of early Mick Jagger all day, I'm less excited by band members than by the bands' names themselves. I just love coming up with names for fictional bands that will likely ... Read More
By nightfall tomorrow, there will undoubtedly be someone near you lighting things on fire. But it won't be scary arson or a boy scout gone rogue; it will be patriotic. The fourth of July is the one day out of the year on which we all collectively decide that blowing things up in the sky, purely for amusement, is one hundred percent okay. Unless you live in a state where it's only sort of okay. How un-American! I live right on the border between New Jersey and ... Read More
Hey there fellow NYCers-- are you a community member, a community organizer, or an activist? Do you dislike all kinds of oppression, enjoy food, and appreciate art? If so, let me draw your attention to a place you should be visiting on the regular: Bluestockings, a radical bookstore, fair trade café, and activist center on the Lower East Side.Want an empowering book? You’ll find it here. Been meaning to brush up on your gender studies or ... Read More
Though not a new idea, sisters-gone-designers can often make the best of teams (Sienna and Savannah Miller of Twenty8Twelve, The Olsens, Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte, the list goes on…) So if you're looking for a bit of whimsy brought to you by another sister duo, look no further.  British blogging babes Molly and Alice Goddard channeled their passion for fashion into their own handmade line, Lovetits. But don't be fooled by the ... Read More
 Have you ever read Retromania by Simon Reynolds? It’s this book that traces our society’s fixation on the past, and the concept of "retro." Sometimes, when I’m feeling really deep, I’ll ponder some of these questions for myself. Mostly, I wonder if holding onto nostalgia can ever truly be inhibiting like everybody makes it out to be.  Although I wasn't alive in the 60s, I have an intense emotional attachment to British Invasion ... Read More