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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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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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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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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In defense of pop

Fake Out

I was originally going to write this column convincing you to like pop music. My opening line was going to be “Why is inaccessibility cool?” It was going to grab your attention. This piece was going to accuse you of listening to pop music wrong and intellectualizing it too much
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Hey, Lolita

Fake Out

When learning how to live, people look to a lot of sources for inspiration. For me, that was Lana Del Rey. Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games” surfaced in my life in 2011. “Video Games” came with a simple video composite of American iconography, old-style cartoon clips and paparazzo shots of
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Mea culpa manifesto

Fake Out

Don’t ask me what kind of music I like. Don’t ask me what I’m into. Just ask me who I am, and I’ll give you a list of songs and artists and movies and shows and books that built a personality. I like art to defy category or definition. I
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