The former internet home of Los Angeles writer Tessa Strain. For new writing, follow me at: http://tessastrain.tumblr.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: http://twitter.com/tessastrain Essays about the San Fernando Valley: http://valblog.tumblr.com/ Art: http://number1pennumber2thoughts.blogspot.com/
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You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging here for a while now! Come follow me at my new blog, where I am writing things like this essay about why Taylor Swift is a magnificent supervillain waiting to happen.
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…to follow me over at http://tessastrain.tumblr.com. Cool kids will have already noticed that I have named my new-old blog after a really excellent Stooges song and that I’m already posting about cute boys and random acts of flyness. I would offer you candy or something, but that would be a lie. So reward my honesty by following me over at the new location.
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I have been aware for some time that my web presence is kind of a mess, particularly on Tumblr. When I first joined the site, it was with the purpose of creating an essay blog about the San Fernando Valley. Which I did. Kind of. And abandoned. Kind of. (Maybe “shelved for future use” is a better way to phrase it.)
Anyway, this is by way of explaining that the whole time I’ve been on Tumblr, the Valley blog has been my default blog, leading to much confusion. (“Who the hell is this valblog person and why doesn’t repulsiveinteractions like anything I do?!”) So I’m doing some reshuffling. I’m going to move my operation to the default blog, which will now be under my name (http://tessastrain.tumblr.com—you’ll notice that it’s currently in transition). Follow me there if you want to keep reading the things from my brain. The Valley essays will be deleted from there and moved over to a new blog, with the same ol’ url you’ve come to know and love, possibly to be revamped and revisited.
The upshot is that I’m going to be phasing out posts on Repulsive Interactions and encouraging you all to follow me at the new-old account. I won’t be deleting this one, just no more new posts after a while, and I’ll give you plenty of warnings before the move is official. #ITSAPROCESS
In the meantime, you can always follow me on Twitter where I will continue to say things, albeit in fewer characters.
Speed Racer has a posse.
I am an unabashed Speed Racer apologist. I’m hard pressed to think of another movie so gleefully over-stylized (best contender would be Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but its comparative sophistication makes it appear far more restrained). What makes Speed Racer so appealing to me is that it is the exact kind of movie that critics who used to complain about how MTV was ruining film forever were fearful all movies would become; it is the realization of their worst nightmares. No moments of stillness, no negative space, no silence, no pretensions of substance. Just aggressive whiz-bang all the time, a relic of a cinematic future that might have been, or may yet to be.
Solange Knowles—————-I Decided
Speaking of phenomenal songs/music videos by underrated Neosoul QUEENS.
It’s no secret that I love Solange. She’s kind of the sleeper to Beyonce’s blockbuster, and they seem to have this great, non-competitive relationship where they both just do their own things and are awesome in different ways. Beyonce talks about being on the fast track to becoming a legend, and Solange likes to DJ and go on picnics.
My best friend from college and I were obsessed with this song and video when we lived together. The video especially, which was completely unrelated to the song and so imperfect in the most endearing way. One of the things I find appealing in a lot of artists is the talent for making the right mistakes, especially as they are coming into their own, and the “I Decided” video is a great example of that. Then later she did that amazing cover of “Stillness Is the Move,” which really cemented my feelings toward her. To clarify, my feelings are that she is great.
Good job. You did a good job.
Shut up about it for a second.
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