I recently discovered that 90s club hits have spectacular music videos. My knowledge of these songs was mostly limited to hearing them during across the floor, jazz exercises at Miss Hamilton’s School of Dance. Thankfully Youtube exists, and we can rediscover these lost gems of the early 90s. Between the black leather, spaghetti straps, and […]
Memories of a Teen Idol
Most teenagers have their number one teen idol crush who they will defend in loud arguments with friends. Often for teenage girls, this means posters in lockers and in notebooks and repeat watching of movies or listening to albums featuring their object of affections. In the early 2000s, that also meant the creation of Geocities pages, […]
LTP: Fan Film Edition
You may have heard about the Indiana Jones fan remake that took more than 30 years to complete and spawned a documentary, as it’s been in the SXSW news recently.
You know what movie always passes the Bechdel test? Spice World.
We Try It: Going to a College Reunion
A few weeks ago I went to my fifth college reunion. I know what you’re thinking: Karishma, that’s not that far removed from college, it won’t be weird. You probably saw half of those people last week. That’s where you’d be wrong.
Movie Looks: Can’t Hardly Wait
Last time I did one of these, I encouraged everyone to revisit the ’80s through Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Now, if that Columbia undergrad rocking the Sketchers platform shoes on the subway was any indication, we have cycled through fashion and have hit the late ’90s, early ’00s. If I needed a refresher […]
Decoding the College Reunion Invitation
Two weeks ago, I received my college reunion invitation. Since I was in the middle of conference planning, I didn’t really have time to process this. However, now that the conference is over, I can begin weeping or rather just aggressively refuse to be nostalgic.
Taking Pictures of Food
I’ve lived in Oregon for nearly eight years. Besides my Keens, my Decemberists shirts, and my reusable bags, the most Portland thing about me is that I take pictures of my food.
The Good Old Days — Not
Don’t get me wrong, nostalgia has a big place in my life. I love elements of the past, including Victorian novels, big band music from the 1920s, and full-skirted cocktail dresses from the 1950s. But I wouldn’t want to live in any of those eras, largely for practical considerations. I was one of those annoying […]
Two years ago, I was in a grad class about families as educators, something I may have mentioned before. A significant part of the class dealt with memory and how memories shape us. As a thought experiment, I picked out specific memories that provide insight into my personality.
IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! Parents are gleefully sending their children back to school and the New York City subways are crowded with school children with their giant backpacks of death and stomach-crushing.
Record Machine: The Monkees vs. The Beatles
Although my father was partially responsible for my great love for music, and the compulsive collecting therein, his tastes would often surprise and amuse me. Perhaps the most amusing revelation is that he had a greater nostalgic love for The Monkees than he did The Beatles.
Here are some of the things that are advertised in my alumni magazine that make me want to reevaluate my career choices. Since I lack the ability to identify with anything without tying it to the movies, here I present the movie that is also happening (in my mind) in each location.
LTP: Museum Memories!
This week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art stopped using their famous metal admissions tags, much to the disappointment of many museum goers. Luckily, I have a drawerful of these iconic pieces of New York City history, so I will be on eBay, capitalizing on nostalgia at some point in the future.
The summer of 2005, I received my second packet of residential life materials for Vassar College. I scrambled through the paperwork and found the sheet that listed my roommate assignments, which I was anticipating since I checked off that I was a night owl who worked best after midnight on the roommate questionnaire. I had […]