This Week on HelloGiggles

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This week on HelloGiggles I wrote about Belzhar, Meg Wolitzer’s new novel that marks her foray into YA. I really loved it, and not just because I always love books about boarding school (although that’s true). It was a dreamy feeling book that really puts you in a different world for awhile. Meg Wolitzer herself favorited one of my tweets about the article, which made me remember that she is a real person. For some reason I tend to think of “adult” authors as people who live in a different universe, one in which they are unable to read my tweets.

In conclusion, Meg Wolitzer is a real person and you should read Belzhar, especially if you are a Sylvia Plath fangirl (but even if you’re not).

Lady Jam: Metronomy

On Sunday night, H. and I had the chance to see Metronomy at the Wexner Center here in Columbus. The Wexner is not necessarily a concert venue so much as it is a museum/art space, but it does have a very nice stage located somewhere within the bowels of the building (seriously, we went up and down so many stairs and ramps that I would never be able to find that room again). The last time we saw a concert at the Wexner, it was Bill Callahan with Chasey, and the audience was comprised entirely of, like, 17 well-dressed men with weird hair. The crowd was much bigger and more diverse at this show…someone even brought a toddler! At one point before the show, he rolled around on the floor in apparent boredom. As an impatient person, I could relate.

Anyway, Metronomy was great. I mostly went because H. likes them, so I didn’t know a ton of their songs, but they were really high energy and fun. Their bassist was bananas good and the whole band was just so stylish (by which I mean that I majorly admired the drummer’s outfit, hair, and lipstick).

Even though there were plenty of older people there, we were mostly surrounded by 21 year olds with topknots and Urban Outfitters ensembles and I’ve never felt more ancient. I mean, I’ve always been an elderly person at heart, but it’s still a little weird to think that we used to be the target audience for every show and now we’re just slightly older than most of the crowd (except for that time we saw Hall and Oates, when every age was represented because Hall and Oates unite us all). I felt like Schmidt on New Girl.
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If you haven’t listened to Metronomy, you should check them out! And let me know what you’ve been listening to lately! I’ve mostly been into Twin Shadow, Childish Gambino (like usual), and the new One Direction single on repeat.

This Week on HelloGiggles

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This week on HelloGiggles, I gave some of my personal suggestions for those of you who are new to YA. People ask me for reading recommendations a lot, and these are some of my faves for those of us who don’t exactly put the young in young adult. You can check out my picks on HelloGiggles! And, as always, if you have any suggestions for future columns, please send me an email at youngadulteducation@gmail.com.

Link Party!

Guys, it’s been so long. I am still here, but I’m currently covered in a pile of dust from cleaning our old apartment and surrounded by boxes filled with stuff I have to unpack. That said, being in our new house is amazing. I’m pretty in love with it. Come over and visit! But please do not point out all the things we have yet to do. There are a lot. Even though we’ve been super busy, I’ve still been working and coming across a ton of links to share. On with the links!

If you’re looking for something to read, here are 50 Essays Guaranteed to Make You a Better Person. If you read them all, please report back to let me know if you did, in fact, become a better person.

I’m getting used to using an electric stove here at the house (my previous three apartments had gas stoves). I know people like to talk a big game about how gas is the only way to go, and I get that because I love it too. But honestly, this hasn’t been so bad so far. Dinners I’ve made in our new place include Lemon Chicken Thighs and Pork Chops with Pineapple Fried Rice.

Lauren sent me the link to this amazing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie style blog. Needless to say, I wish I had all of those outfits, although logically I know that I can’t pull of a structured jumpsuit.

Fellow HelloGiggles writer Gina Vaynshteyn shared some solid writing advice. (Personally, I would add the caveat that entertainment reads can have value if want to write entertainment reads, as many people do! Also, sometimes reading not-so-great books is a good way to learn what not to do. That being said, yes, read Toni Morrison).

Pretty excited that Jazmine Hughes is the new contributing editor for The Hairpin!

As always, Roxane Gay is great: The Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014 is Just the Beginning.

True story: I had a professor who made us buy his book of poems. He also named dropped CONSTANTLY (“Once Gary Snyder told me…”), talked derisively about how we were all from the suburbs (um, nope), and once passed out an “anonymous” poem for us to critique. It was HIS POEM. He just sat there are basked in the glory. He was insane. Anyway, this is lame.

Love this essay from Rookie. Just read it.

Stuff Drake Does is a pretty great Twitter account.

Here’s why it’s TOTAL bullshit to say that “men just don’t see the mess.” Men are fully capable of cleaning.

And finally: I’m a big fan of WhiskeyPaper (in fact, you may see a little something of mine there in a couple of months!) and its wonderful/talented co-founder Leesa Cross-Smith, so it’s super exciting that they’re going to start putting out chapbooks. You can donate here!

This Week on HelloGiggles

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This week on HelloGiggles, I wrote about a topic near and dear to my heart: the Baby-Sitters Club. Fortunately or unfortunately, I remember juuuuust about every detail from that series, so I recapped some of the most important lessons I learned from the BSC. Like that ghosts are everywhere. And Cokie Mason sucks. You can check it out on HelloGiggles!

PS: I really do love it when people send me suggestions for books or topics to cover in my column! If you have any ideas, you can send me an email at youngadulteducation@gmail.com.