Justin Knight_Online

A liar, a scammer

Fake Out

“What is your column about, exactly?” I was quite literally asked this question on a date last week. He, like an assortment of other people in my life this semester, was mildly curious about my column’s intentions. People seemed to like my work, but clearly the larger whole of my
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Eleventh Twelfth

Cutting Room Floor

I can’t explain why November is my favorite month. When anyone asks, I say that it’s because my ascendant sign is Scorpio and hope that they buy it and that they won’t try to debate me on whether or not astrology is real in the first place. Ten novembers ago
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Justin Knight_Online

A real boy

Fake Out

Thanksgiving isn’t the only holiday we’ll be celebrating this Thursday. Nov. 24 of this year, which coincidentally falls on Thanksgiving, will mark the eighth anniversary of one of the most important pop albums of this century: Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak. In light of Kanye’s recent statements at his shows
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Justin Knight_Online

Both sides now

Fake Out

The first concert I ever went to was Joni Mitchell’s. I still hadn’t been born yet. Mom wanted to go see her that much, so she sweated out a humid Louisiana April afternoon, still pregnant with me in 1995, just to see Joni Mitchell perform. That was my last chance
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Late blooming

My younger brother was the first person to show me “What Makes You Beautiful,” released in 2011. We probably played that song 30 times that afternoon and danced nonstop around the living room the whole time. We watched the music video and critiqued the attractiveness of all the lead singers
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Justin Knight_Online

Queer bait

Fake Out

Growing up, I collected queer-feeling art like trading cards. Musicians like Arca, Lou Reed and Sleater-Kinney are coded as distinctly queer performers. I’ve taken their work in deep, ingesting their explicit, vocal queerness with relish. They performed their queerness as icons and as artists in bold, daring and highly visible
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Justin Knight_Online

Culture’s corpse

Fake Out

When will we know that the best of our culture is behind us? In high school, driving my dad’s pick-up, I remember being incredibly proud of my pathetic CD collection. I had an auxiliary cord, of course, which meant that most of the time I’d just listen to my iPhone.
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Finessing the art of being Filipino

Cutting Room Floor

The minute you walk into a party thrown by a Filipino family, you’ll see three things: a smorgasbord of food, a humongous pile of shoes in the foyer and a Magic Mic. The first Magic Mic I knew wasn’t Channing Tatum. For most people, the Magic Mic is an innocent,
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Justin Knight_Online

To Twitter, with love

Fake Out

Dear Twitter, You sent me a notification this week that it was my five-year anniversary on Twitter. Five years is a really long time, and I’m feeling nostalgic. Five years of tweeting isn’t long enough. In my mind, I can’t remember life without you. I just want to take the
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No country for a screenwriter

Cutting room floor

In one swift motion, my large glass of water dumped all over the keyboard and seeped through every letter down to the motherboard. I heard an almost electric bubbling inside, sounds of murder, as I quickly turned my Macbook upside down and a disconcerting flood of water poured out. Later
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