1. Katherine wrote about Justin Bieber the other day, so I figure that’s as good a place as any to start. I spend a disproportionate amount of time talking and thinking about Biebz. I like two of his songs a lot (here and here), and I find myself defending him to the naysayers fairly regularly, with one simple question: Imagine if you were 18-21 with all the money in the world and everyone wanted a piece of you and you were still trying to figure out who you were, how would you behave? Probably as bad if not worse than Justin Bieber. I did endless amounts of ridiculous things and I wasn’t rich or wanted. Keep that in mind next time you’re hating.
2. Now, Drake. I once regarded myself as a journalist. I can’t any longer, due to the fact that I’m compensated by corporations in exchange for featuring their products on my blog, but I understand the journalism business, and I will backseat journalize if I damn well please. I read The Fader piece on Drake by Leon Neyfakh and it irritated me due to the simple fact that it’s such an adulatory piece. They say that you know a profile was written well because the subject never calls and says thank you after they’ve read it. Every story has two sides, and Neyfakh’s only told the story of Drake as the king of hip hop, all bow to him. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan myself. But I don’t want to read a profile written by a fan. It’s not proper journalism.
3. Which brings us to The Passion of Nicki Minaj. You can bet your sweet ass that Nicki Minaj didn’t call Vanessa Grigoriadis and say thank you at the end of that one. In fact, she unceremoniously kicked her out of the hotel room (which Grigoriadis ceremoniously mentions) at the end of the interview. Much has been made about the incident since, and I don’t feel qualified enough to talk about the racial or feminist improprieties taken by the writer, but I quite liked this piece written by Sesali B in response to the article.
4. Vanessa Grigoriadis does know the space of the female pop star pretty damn well, though, so in many ways she was uniquely qualified for the job of interviewing Nicki Minaj. Check out these two brilliant pieces written by her: The Tragedy Of Britney Spears (Rolling Stone, February 2008); and Growing Up Gaga (New York, March 2010). The first is dark and cringe-inducing (post head-shaving incident), the second was the most inspiring rags-to-riches story I’ve read in a long time.
5. Do you have Netflix? Have you watched Narcos? Do it, it’s really really good. Fun fact: Boyd Holbrook, who plays DEA agent Steve Murphy, was one of the top male models in the world in the late 90s, early 2000s. He even did Dior Homme campaigns for Hedi Slimane.
6. I heard someone talk the other day, and he was saying that our greatest strengths and our greatest weaknesses are often two sides of the same coin — the tools we use to build things up are usually the weapons we use to tear sh*t apart. One of mine is impulsiveness. On the plus side, if I have an idea and it’s a good one, I’ll jump on it and follow it through to fruition. On the dark side, I’ll get myself into a situation that I really shouldn’t have, and then not know how to extricate myself. I feel like the secret is to recognize the personality trait and attempt to harness it. Feel free to share yours below.
7. Quote of the week from my man Oscar Wilde: “We’re all in the gutter but some of us are looking up at the stars.” Love that.
8. How about this: I just rediscovered My Chemical Romance. You cannot argue with the songs.
9. My laundromat messed up an entire load of clothing last week by putting my stuff in the dryer with a pink lipstick that got melted onto every white T-shirt I own. I’m too polite to complain loudly, so I took it back and showed the lady, and she said she’d try bleaching it, and she’s charging me for the privilege. And I paid. God I’m a pussy sometimes.
10. It’s been a long time since I did one of these facts of life posts, but people are always asking me what happened to them, and the truth is that it’s easier to not do them so whenever the thought comes that I should write one, I put it out of my head as quickly as possible so I don’t feel guilty. Call it blograstination or something.
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