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WWFD (What Would Felicity Do?

Lessons from Felicity and the red-hot heart on her sleeve.
By Lily Crandall


We Soundtrack Our Lives in Order to Live

The Kings of Leon records add tempo to my memories and sharpen the visions of the girl I once was.
By Allison McWhite 


52 Films: Take One 

I’m reminded that a movie can be almost anything, and I feel like all the filmmakers are old friends.
By Naava Guaraca


Gimme, Gimme 

Fighting morning grogginess and existential dread with the Belair Lip Bombs’ album, Lush Life
By Sophie Abeles


Slow Pulp at Le Posisson Rouge, Early November

Slow Pulp performed the way people in Chicago do anything—with their whole heart, focused on being the best they can.
By Layla Passman
Photos by Shelby Kraut



Some Ideas for a Girls Reboot Season 

Because we aren’t getting any younger. 
By Brooke Metayer


2023 Favorites: Literature

Where we found words of wisdom—in print, in person, and online.
By The Copy Team



2023 Favorites: Music 

These songs held our hands through a year of quiet transformations.  
By The Copy Team 


2023 Favorites: Film + TV 

Past Lives takes the lead in a landmark year for hopeless romantics.
By The Copy Team 



Bethenny Frankel’s Chain Reaction

If Bethenny Frankel fell in a forest, would she make a TikTok letting you know she got up all on her own?
By Davis Dunham



Our Thoughts On: Saltburn

If Emerald Fennell can do one thing, it’s make a movie that you can’t stop talking about. Back for her sophomore feature, the Copy team and contributors share their thoughts on Saltburn.
By The Copy Team


Putting Women Back in the House

How women reclaim and reject domestic spaces in film.
By Myka Greene 



The Standing Upright, the Wearing Clothes, and the Work

Surfaces in Pip Adam’s The New Animals
By Ali Banach


Stacy

Sitting in that passenger seat and putting on the performance of my life with Ava was the best feeling in the world. 
By Nuala Sanchez


I Want to Fight Jesse Eisenberg

When I sit back Nicole Kidman-style in a movie theater and see the giant likenesses of the Jesse Eisenbergs of the world, I see reflections of my own past mistakes.
By Claire Tumey


Infernal and Exquisite

The feminine horror of Lament for Julia by Susan Taubes
By Gray Harrison


Crave

After Paramore
By Mia Arias Tsang


There Is Strength in the Collective

A review of five two Dance Company’s Repertoire Showcase
By Amelia Langas


Look at What We Did Together

Black Country, New Road and Daneshevskaya at Knockdown Center
By Taylor Stout


Review: Mechanical Bulls

The film is a welcome addition to the familiar territory of the post-college canon.
By Natalie Duerr


Our Eras Tour 

As I looked over at my best friend, it felt like a homecoming for the both of us. We knew we would revisit the past seventeen years not only of Taylor Swift, but of ourselves.
By Riley Rudy 


Dancing in a World Alone

Celebrating ten years of making art and listening to Lorde’s Pure Heroine
By Taylor Stout


Barge Day

A man seated at a table at the other end of the room doesn’t say hi. What he does say is, “you’re standing in a boat that is one hundred and nine years old.”
By Lily Crandall


Richard Perez Has to Do This, Okay?

In his one-man show, the comedian blends imagination and truth, making fantasy feel almost embarrassingly real. 
By Lizzie Racklin


DIVA DOWN: Dr. Roberta Bobby Vanishes Without a Trace

In the wake of her disappearance, we look back and wonder, how can we triage a diva that is not only injured, but gone?
By Davis Dunham & Taylor Stout



The Darkness and the Light 

Mary Gaitskill introduces F.W. Murnau’s 1926 horror film Faust at Light Industry.
By Fern Paltrow


Fear and Triumph in New York’s Summer Theater

A review of Beth Golison’s experimental musical, here i fall up.
By Dillon Cranston


PREMIERING ON COPY:

A Biblical Angel, an Emotional Hangover


By Brooke Metayer
Alex Bush and Laura Galindo write poetry in black and white for the “Hangover” music video.


PREMIERING ON COPY:
The Cult Member from the Ocean and the Clown on the Beach: Sean David Bradley’s “Dog Water”

By Lizzie Racklin
“Dog Water” captures the sense that we’re all prone to the same very human tendency toward absolute faith.



WOO, WOO, WOO: I Am Synclaire

By Maria D. Smith
I learned that to be Synclaire is to exceed in spectacle and entertainment, but never to be taken seriously. And thus created my subconscious fear.



25 Going on 14    

By Margaret Davenport
Three Albums for A Quarter-Life Crisis



An Ode to Background Characters

By Natalie Duerr
Bringing “background character energy” into 2023


Night One of Bar Italia’s New York Residency

By Layla Passman
It was hard for me to match whatever low-grade apathy emanated from the patio as I was gleefully anticipating hearing one of my new favorite albums live.



Pole Dancing @ TheaterLab 

By Mickey Galvin
A review of Revolt She Said, Revolt Again at TheaterLab

RIP My Acura TL 3


By Rebecca Loftin
Driving, to me, always signified a form of escape, a way to harness otherwise inaccessible power.

Venice Ohleyer’s Year of Yes


By Lizzie Racklin
You can say “no” to a lot of things in New York, but comedian Venice Ohleyer decided to start saying “yes.”


Alien To Her Worlds


By Kristian Burt
With the release of Izumi Suzuki’s second posthumous book, Hit Parade of Tears, the misanthropic mother of Japanese science fiction has established an international cult following more than 35 years after her death.

“In My Own Time, I’ll Get a Little Older”


By Erin Kang
Fenne Lily and Christian Lee Hutson with Why Bonnie, Live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg

Peer Review of Spotify Profiles


By The Music Team
If you’re obsessive about music, your spotify profile can be like a public diary. Here’s what we learned about each other. 


David’s Rage


By Kristian Burt
With the East Village’s 1980s fight against AIDS Depicted in the film All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, it is important to reflect on a pioneering figure: David Wojnarowicz.

Waiting Tables


By Dillon Cranston
Poetic dispatches from restaurant shifts.  

Shame at Irving Plaza


By Layla Passman
English post-punk band Shame exudes grit, energy, and earnest passion.


Music for Portable Speakers: Playlist Refresh


By The Music Team
Some New Songs for a New Season

Ryan Gosling Asian Girlfriend

By Coco McMracken 
A neon floral dress at the intersection of Ryan Gosling, moving house, and being the asian girlfriend. 


It’s About Time for Nicole’s Revenge

By Davis Dunham 
Examining the art of New Orleans-based performer: Garlic Junior aka Vodka Soda aka Nicole’s Revenge.


INT. Figaro Bistro - Tuesday 5:13 PM - April
 
By Brooke Metayer 
Observing the patrons at an infamous cafe in Los Angeles.

 

A Show of “Firsts”


By Tasneem Sarkez
And an interview with curators Diego Barcelo and Selah Wilks.

If Social Media Dies, I May Have to Blame Myself for Things Completely in My Control


By Erin Gruodis-Gimbel
It is the fear of burnt focaccia, the memories of ninth-grade math class, and the draft of a vulnerable essay that can be charitably referred to as drivel that keep me on Twitter.


American Apparel Savior Complex

By Grayce Toon
American Apparel was everything I wanted to be, and everything I was so far from.



I Am Such A Carrie

By Sarah Gallegos
As I finished rewatching the series, I couldn’t help but wonder if I would one day miss this version of myself—33, tenacious, imperfect, vulnerable.



Studio Diaries


By Tasneem Sarkez
Even if you’re not making anything in the studio, you’re still being productive.



Down & Out on a Thursday


By Dillon Cranston
I see I’m not the only one at this diner who brought a notepad and pen. 
His drawings are better but I have made the better order.



British Home Cooking at Lord’s in Greenwich Village


By Stasia de Tilly  
The menu takes the mundanity and pleasure of comfort food and elevates it for the intrigued masses.



In 10 Years’ Time


By the Music Team
It’s one thing to line up the best albums of a given year, but to name the most “formative” is something more personal and elusive.



It Isn’t True Until It Ends


By Davis Dunham 
Chaos and peace can coexist when there’s no end in sight, but the pressure to rush off to one makes the two enemies.



Damien Chazelle Is in His Reputation Era


By Brooke Metayer
“Oh, I’m sorry, the old Damien can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, ‘cause he’s dead.”


What Do 2022’s Hardest Working Bands Have in Common?


By Raynee Hamilton
Touring the eclectic indie artists at Baby’s All Right: “These bands don’t seem to care!”

 



As Told By


By Lizzie Racklin
A new collaborative project. A place for memories of music live.




The Art of Intangible Optimism


By Raynee Hamilton
Laila Sakini’s new album Paloma is a minimalist meditation on hope for the sake of itself.





Silence of the Dogs


By Davis Dunham
By the time I get home from work, the concept of even thinking in words exhausts me.



My Year of Mirrors


By Taylor Stout
By writing through my year, I don’t feel that I’ve drained my days of anything. I’ve created something new alongside them.



Spotify Wrapped: Expectation vs. Reality

By The Music Team
You’ve got to have an idea of what you’ve listened to most this year, right?




COPY’s Favorites of 2022: Music

By The Copy Team



COPY’s Favorites of 2022: Film & TV

By The Copy Team



COPY’s Favorites of 2022: Literature

By The Copy Team



Death in Our Hands

By Natalie Duerr
Making sense of death isn’t a burden that anyone carries alone. Discussing it might actually make it feel more bearable.



What We’re Listening To: Songs That Could Convince Us To Join a Cult

By The Music Team
In the music world, devotion takes many forms.




Give a Dog a Bone

By Margaret Davenport
At the risk of being foolishly optimistic, I am adding social media to my list of spiritual practices.



I Know All My Friends’ Secrets

By Margaret Davenport
I want my platonic love to matter in the way that romantic love does.



Let’s Make a Playlist Together


By The Music Team

With the world of music at your fingertips, the possibilities can be overwhelming.



shame, Viagra Boys, and Kills Birds at Brooklyn Steel

By Layla Passman
Shame has managed to bring together those who are full of it, and those who don’t realize they have “it” at all.



Our Thoughts On: AFI’s Top 100

By The Film Team
The “Great” Films We’re For And Against



What We’re Watching: Emotionally Numbing Television

By The Film Team
TV for when we’re tired of feeling our feelings.




With Great Power Comes Goth Responsibility

By Elias Kotsis
Photos by Melissa McLaughlin
A Stone Pony show review and interview with Little Hag


What We’re Listening To: On the way home from the party

By The Music Team
It’s a time to relax, wind down, and overthink every conversation you had that night. Here’s what we listen to after a night out, on our ways home.


Love in the Time of COVID-19

By Diane Roman
Divorce and dating during COVID-19 after a 30-year marriage ends over Zoom.



If Loving This Is Wrong, I Don’t Wanna Be Right

By The Music Team
Maybe they’re “tacky” or “melodramatic” or simply “terrible,” but we don’t care. these songs make us feel. What’s “good” anyways?



Don't Ever Go Somewhere You Can't Leave

By Layla Passman
Over my party-going tenure, I have developed one cardinal rule: never go somewhere you can’t leave.


Your Biggest Fan


By Lily Crandall
On being young and old and loving Voxtrot.


Studio Diaries

By Isabelle Perkins
On progress, strife, and my biggest painting to date.


The Sense of Movement Keeps Us Alive

By Taylor Stout
Saying goodbye to Brooklyn venue Wild Birds



The Unlikeable Fuckups of Edy Modica


By Lizzie Racklin
Nicole shows the frustration and bitterness that can come out of being left on the margins.



“2 Years” Music Video

By Brooke Metayer
Alex Bush and Mia Pak on collaboration, the catharsis of music videos, and invisible strings.


Studio Diaries: A Summer in Saint-Raphael

By Julie Kim
Searching in small spaces, lingual attachments, and lots of phthalo.



Translating The Yellow Wallpaper to Modern-Day Horror

By Natalie Duerr
J. Kiernan O’Brien treads familiar territory—but a notably different landscape—in her adaptation.


Stopping Time with Hiroshi Yoshimura

By Miguel de Laveaga
What does it mean to let time slip away? How do I unlearn all the ways that this feels so wrong?


Found in Translation

by Erin Kang
We trusted in music too much. We would not have it any other way.


Favorite Needle Drops in Road Trip Movies

by The Music Team
When your seat at the theater transports you to that journey across the country and everything else stops. Hands tight on the steering wheel, hair flying out the window, or just loitering in a motel parking lot. Here are the scenes and tracks that take us there.



Beer, Berries, & La Boyère

By Ava McCoy
My summer spent in five countries and the songs that guided me through it.



Life is Short: The Micro Miniskirt in the Age of Irony

by Sarah Norcross Hough
It’s a culture confused about its message and shocked by its message’s reception.


I Will Be a Memory

by Lizzie Racklin
I often feel a dissonance between who I am and who I was. Isn’t it frustrating To not relate to yourself?



The Expansive Land-Locked Room

by Catherine Spino
Chatting with frontman Ian McNally of Moon Hound on the duality of New York and thrashing in a different way.



On the First Sweaty Night of July,
Momma became Rockstars of the New Age  

by Layla Passman
Momma tugs at the desire to be known in a space that is becoming increasingly unknowable.



Reach Out Your Hand and I Promise to Take It  

by Anna-Lena Dressman
My body felt like a traitor, as if it had suddenly, unbeknownst to me, exposed some insidious truth within.


On Dancing Through a Pandemic

by Naava Guaraca
We punctuate every word with the landings of our feet. It feels like an exhalation, like the outpouring of a sigh we’ve been holding in for these past three years.


Music for Time Travel

by The Music Team
We may not have actual time travel figured out (yet), but put on the right song and you can feel suddenly transported—to freshman year, to childhood, to a different generation.


The Next Hit Jukebox Musical

by Brooke Metayer
From the writers room that is my humble living room, I bring you my pitches for the next smash-hit jukebox musical.



Right Name, Wrong Girl

by Margaret Davenport
In a shocking turn of events, I will not be the Margaret marrying Jack Antonoff.


How to Capitalize on Being Sad

by Josie Brandmeier
On being sad, watching yourself be sad, and making a shit ton of money off of it.


What We’re Listening To: Music for Spiraling

by The Music Team
Here’s what we listen to calm our worries and drop a roadblock mid-spiral. Or, just something that puts to music how we feels inisde and fuels our unrest. 


Stories of Stories 

by Margaret Davenport 
I am made up of scribbled notes and dream journals and all the little things I am scared I’ll lose.
 


Of Hollywod and Men 

by Natalie Duerr 
Another film examines the horrors of being a woman, yet Hollywood is as unaware as ever. 


I Found god at the Ethel Cain show 

by Layla Passman 
Review of the breakout goth rock star’s record release show at Market Hotel. 


Our Thoughts On: The 10-Year Anniversary of Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE 

by The Music Team 
Frank Ocean’s debut studio album has the power to change you. 


Oh, Are You Going to Any Festivals This Summer? 

by Julia Vassallo
I have a desire to see a paradigm shift in the way festivals are run, sometimes the easiest way to learn is through the examination of failure.
 


Twilight: A First Read 

by Elias Kotsis 
I’d be lying if I said I haven’t always been curious (Twi-curious, if you will).

Film Review: Petit Maman


by Harish Krishnamoorthy
Céline Sciamma’s latest film feels like a palliative—a short, cozy breath of French air.



Our Thoughts On: Peeing During A Movie 

by The Film Team
Do you??!?!


Thoughts on Balletcore 

by Mickey Galvin
Does this recent trend defy or reinforce ballet’s complicated history?



Summer 2016 Energy 

by The Music Team
What is it? Is it back? Why?!

Fritz Kühn, Ospace, and 393 Broadway


by Julia Vassallo
“The goal is to give people an alternative to the gallery world and the nightlife world.”


Theater We’re Excited For 

by Mickey Galvin & Sterling Gates 
The theater is back, and we are oh so ready. Here is a look into what we are looking forward to seeing this year, and how we see it for CHEAP.


The Armpit of America 

by Margaret Davenport 
Shifting the Zeitgeist: Battle Mountain, Gene Weingarten, and Americana.


Emerson Rosenthal Has A Lot of Ideas 

by Lizzie Racklin
It makes sense that the mind that has generated more than 2,500 ideas in the last four years loves movies that are actually “a hundred different movies in one.”


What We’re Watching: In Flight 

by The Film Team 
Pick something you would never watch normally, because in-flight entertainment is an experience of its own.



Music For Portable Speakers

by The Music Team
The city’s getting warmer. Gather your friends and head to the park.


Writing This is My Version of Fangirling:
On Sarah Ramos & Autograph Hound

by Sammy Bluth 
A recent exhibit by Sarah Ramos explores the vital connection between fame and fandom.


Sofia Coppola: Forever Young Review 

by Natalie Duerr
Author Hannah Strong imbues personal experience into a critical survey of a filmmaker known to do the same.


Reviewing Media I’ve Found on The Streets of BK 

by Taylor Stout
Go outside with open eyes and an open mind, and the streets seem to speak to you.



Private Time, Public Transport: Reading, Writing, and Lauren Elkin’s No.91/92

by Jack Petersen
A mechanical flaneur, the bus provides a windowed eye for the contained organism of the city. Original art by Mahaut Marin-Price. 



Studio Diary: Regina Sinnott

By Regina Sinnott
Regina takes us through her painting process as she begins and meddles with a new piece.

A Fairytale Breakup


by Brooke Metayer
If you’re gonna get dumped, you might as well make it interesting.

Our Phantom Tails and the Liberating Meadows of Spring

By Julie Kim
On Elizabth Glaessner’s recent solo show and the changing of the seasons.


Saying Goodbye to Night Falls Over Kortedala

By Lily Crandall
Reflecting on the “Retirement” of Jens Lekman’s 2007 Album