In truth, the realities of being human are not easily swallowable, and certainly more complicated than we wish they were. Vuong knows this well and weaves each aspect of his semi-autobiographical story through the lens of personhood, making the big picture distinguishable among its million puzzle pieces.
It is difficult to review Evenson’s work because it is so dependent on its reader’s state of mind, almost like the literary equivalent of a mood ring. For an audience to judge his writing, they must experience it themselves, influenced by their own perceptions and insecurities of identity.
2019 has proven quite the rollercoaster of nostalgia for millenials. It started with Vampire Weekend’s most recent release and continued in a ragged path, making the occasional stop for the comebacks of artists like the Jonas Brothers, and now, a revisiting of both Batman and the “Twilight” series. (I’m looking at you, Rob.)
For many of us too young to be millennials and too old to be Gen Z, Vampire Weekend was the soundtrack of our adolescence. Frontman Ezra Koenig’s trademark nasality is a reminder of summer concerts with cheap lawn tickets, still-active Tumblr accounts and that one American Apparel tennis skirt everyone seemed to have. The band made us want to buy a sweater vest, perhaps take a sailing lesson. They also made us want to listen to ‘80s African psych-rock, among other niche influences.
Imagine yourself in a misty jungle, the trees shrouded in warm clouds. It smells like flowers, you’re more relaxed than you’ve ever been before. You look hot, having gotten a fresh blowout and haircut. This, my friends, is what it is like to get styled at the Aveda Institute. You may have heard from your friends that Aveda is a great place to get a cheap chop on a student’s budget, but have you heard about the spa-like services that the salon offers as part of its classic Aveda hospitality?
“I guess,” Mukharji reflected, “there’s something very intimate about folk in terms of the live show … the amount of production that goes into our Americana folk record is immense, but when you come see the show, there are a couple microphone stands standing between us and the audience like a living room, and we really enjoy that tradition.”