Posts Tagged ‘Vania Myers’

This song (as well as the rest of “So Flows the Current”) is perfect for pre-finals week. It’s harder for me to concentrate when I listen to songs with lyrics, as I get distracted very easily. This is just the ideal song to get lost in as you perfect that final paper or project you’ve been working on for days…or pulling an all-nighter for.

-Vania Myers

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Nick Hornby’s “High Fidelity”

Don’t worry. You don’t have to be a music junkie to appreciate this book or movie.

But that helps.

I decided to pick up the book after watching the movie, which I also highly recommend. Come on, you can’t help but fall in love with John Cusack in his glory days (“High Fidelity,” “Say Anything”). Nowadays…not so much.

Rob (John Cusack) is good with music: he owns a small record shop and has strong views on what’s decent and what isn’t. But he’s much less good with relationships. In fact, he’s not at all sure that he wants to commit himself to anyone, especially with someone who doesn’t share the same music taste as him. No one is surprised that his girlfriend decides that enough is enough.

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Chuck Palahniuk’s “Fight Club”

“The first rule about fight club is you don’t talk about fight club.”

Of course you’ve watched the movie already, but you probably didn’t know that it’s based off of a book. This is the one exception where the movie is better than the book (Edward Norton, yum), and the endings are quite different.

For those who’ve seen the movie, the book contains the same unknown narrator speaking the sentences which were lifted verbatim and transposed into Ed Norton’s voice. “I am Joe’s Prostate.” “I am Joe’s Complete Lack of Surprise.” Short statements are peppered throughout “Fight Club” and as you read, they pile up in your mind, slowly pushing on the barriers society and yourself have built up.

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We’re used to getting the usual travel postcards, holiday postcards and reminders to get our teeth cleaned postcards in the mail. They never really had any special messages behind them; the static Christmas family pose and forced smiles are about all you get. You lose interest and toss the cards in the trash.

Frank Warren, however, came up with a unique way to reveal secrets–anonymously–through postcards. At first a community art project, his idea spread globally as people sent in postcards of secrets. Known as “PostSecret,” the postcards became works of art from those who carefully constructed them by hand. There are four books out in the series, but my favorite one is “A Lifetime of Secrets: A Post SecretBook.”

The postcards in the book reveal the artists’ deepest fears, darkest desires, shameful regrets and craziest obsessions. There are some we might look down on (“His wife doesn’t know he gave me this card AND an ORGASM on Valentine’s Day”), while there are others we can relate to (“I fantasize about rejecting the apologies that I know will never come”).

Some reveal the strangest dreams (“I feel really bad when I have sexual fantasies about the dead”), while there are others that are shocking (“Everyone who knew me before 9/11 believes I’m dead”). Powerfully emotional, the project took on a life of its own as it exposed our fantasies, aspirations and frailties; it touches on every aspect of human experience.

-Vania Myers

I still kept my old Valentine’s Day card for my secret crush from elementary school. My handwriting was…a little rough, and my words were simple, but at the time, I meant everything I said. Did I love this boy? Well, maybe not. But he did make fourth grade a little bit more interesting for me.

For those who are in love, have ever been in love, or just fell out it it: “Dear Old Love” is for you. It’s a collection of love notes to the ex-lovers and ex-I-wish-we-were-lovers. These notes tell of what went wrong, why it happened, and the mistakes that the writers, and the hopeful-receivers, made.

There are stories that are bluntly mean, utterly hilarious and heartbreakingly touching. Small truths. Big truths. Truths you may not have recognized before, or perhaps you know all too well. Does this all sound a bit contradictory? No more contradictory than love itself. Yeah. Love is crazy. Which is probably why it causes people to say and do such funny things–many of which are hilariously captured here in “Dear Old Love” in just under 200 pages. What happened after these notes were written? Whether there was closure or not, these notes have one thing in common: they come from the heart.

-Vania Myers

Picture ‘Cuse: Snow, Lots of It

Posted: November 12, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Remember that? Yup, this picture was taken on the first snowfall of the year last winter. Lest you think that from the fairly decent weather we’ve been having thus far we might be spared from yet another frigid, white winter–think again. Here’s a pleasant reminder of the blizzard that awaits us.

-Vania Myers

If it is true that “to err is human,” then “Shortcomings” by Adrian Tomine is one of the most human graphic novels that I have encountered in a good long while.

Populated by a cast of delightfully flawed characters, “Shortcomings” explores just that–the ways in which we fall short. Ben Tanaka is insecure, angry, depressed and lonely, which causes him to drive away the women who would try to love him. Struggling with internalized (as well as external) racism, Ben flounders in his romantic relationships and questionable preference for white women.

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