Book-Inspired Playlists: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky*
“All At Once,” The Airborne Toxic Event. Chbosky addresses the teenage fear of growing up (among a myriad of other issues, and ideas which I will not go into here for the sake of brevity). The Airborne Toxic Event’s Mikel Jollett reassures listeners of “All At Once” that growing up is really okay, even if you don’t understand what’s going on.
“The Kiss of Life,” The Dear Hunter. Charlie (of wallflower fame) devotes his life to other people that he loves, and naturally depends on them to feel he can make his life worth living.
“Panic Song,” Green Day.** Purely and simply, Green Day’s song about panic attacks captures the feeling of internal bedlam Charlie risks slipping into.
“She Was a Saint,” Yotam Ben-Horin. A song about a lost love, Charlie could empathize with Ben Horin’s contented, yet nostalgic tone.
“Chlorine Bath,” Max Bemis and the Painful Splits. Max Bemis and Charlie have something in common - a terrible experience with a significant other. Charlie doesn’t feel the exact sentiments expressed in this song, but his relationship experience would certainly justify a choleric demeanor.
*I honestly have no idea how to pronounce his last name. If someone knows, PLEASE tell me.
** Contains the Sugar-Honey-Iced-Tea word. You’ve been warned.
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Book Review: Timmy Failure, Stephan Pastis
On Monday night, I was supposed to study for my math Final, but I decided to read Timmy Failure. I chose to read this book partially because I didn’t really want to study conic sections, but mostly because I had just heard an extraordinary review from my brother (whose opinion on these matters I trust way more than any book critic). I picked up the book with high hopes, and neither Timmy nor Total (the polar bear) let me down.
Timmy runs what he thinks is the greatest detective agency in the country. He chronicles his struggles to get to the top in this book, his first publication. He and Total, his business partner, take on the town’s criminal activity, one missing candy case at a time, usually in the Totalmobile (pictured above).
Pastis examines the darker side of family and school issues someone Timmy’s age might encounter, all while keeping his audience’s attention and reminding them that there is always a way to greatness (though sometimes it involves bribing a 1,500 pound polar bear with Chicken Nuggets). Timmy Failure connects to teens and young adults alike with his keen wit and pollyannish* outlook.
*Google says “pollyannish” is the adjective form of “Pollyanna.” Whether or not it’s a word, I’ve decided to roll with it. Creative License, yo.
This is the greatest knock knock joke in the history of all knock knocks jokes ever told, ever.
lotr cast → galadriel’s eyes
Had a kickass evening with Davey and Jade! #AFI (at Marquee Theatre)
“I’ve been running all my lives. Through time and space… Every second of every minute of every day for over 900 years. I fought for peace in a universe at war. Now the time has come to face the choices I have made in the name of the Doctor. Our future depends on one single moment of one impossible day, the day I’ve been running from all my life… The Day of the Doctor.” (x)
#kenneth the mysterious immortal angel is one of the best running gags on anything ever