“Who are these people who go to Europe to find themselves? I’ve never felt more like my unself. People should really say, I’m going to Europe to find out who I’m not.”—The Adults, by Alison Espach. This bit is really not representative of the book as a whole, but it was the one bit that really struck a chord for me.
TREND: Polka dots, recently appearing on knitted hot pants and tank tops in Miu Miu’s 2010 resort collection, then later on the fall runways: on suits at Marc Jacobs, on sheath dresses at David Koma, and adorning sheer chiffon at Stella McCartney.
“When you think a girl looks pretty, say it, but don’t reference the thing that might reveal you are aware of the backstage process. E.g., say, “You look gorgeous tonight,” not “I like how you did your makeup tonight.” Also, a compliment means less if you compliment the thing and not the way the girl is carrying it off. So, say, “You look so sexy in those boots,” rather than “Those boots are really cool.” I didn’t make the boots! I don’t care if you like the boots’ design! We are magic to you: You have no idea how we got to look as good as we do.”—Mindy Kaling—excerpt from chapter “Guys Need To Do Almost Nothing To Be Great” from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns). Dudes, this is very good advice.
“Once they’d arrived in the city, the kids were reminded that they still had two songs to write for Nationals. This is where we’re expected to believe that Mr. Schuester would (1) let his kids wait until the day before competition to write two songs, (2) let his kids write the songs period, and (3) not have some sort of backup plan that included them rehearsing previously recorded songs from other artists. But I’m not nitpicking. Nope.”—
I think that I’m going to stop being such a glutton for punishment and quit watching this show. For all the logical reasons listed above, it was ludicrous that the glee club arrived for nationals with no songs and no routines. But I maybe could have forgiven it (well, no, I definitely could not have, but continuing on…) if they effectively used that situation for dramatic reasons. But no: Schuester tells him they’re on lockdown until the songs are written, but the kids seem to come and go as they please. No one’s that stressed out about the fact that they have no routine, because they’re running around Washington Square Park singing unknown, later Madonna songs. We don’t see the kids experience any emotional breakthrough through songwriting, but we do get a scene explaining why Quinn’s hair is short now (but no “Makeover, makeover!” scene! C’mon, major missed opportunity to have Quinn, Mercedes and Santana sing “Supermodel,” the song playing when Tai gets her makeover in Clueless). AND no one’s like, “I’m so sad we lost, maybe we should have prepared earlier!” Although I am ok with everyone blaming Finn for being inappropriate on stage, just because Finn is the worst.