I started listening to Sasha Sloan coming out of after listening to “Normal,” her lead single on her previous EP, on my Discover Weekly playlist. Immediately, the infectious electronic beats contrasted with the melancholic disposition of living through her twenties captivated me. Although I do not find her experiences relatable (since i’m not a 23-year-old pop star living in LA), I do appreciate […]Read more "review: ‘loser’ by sasha sloan"
Heavy metal softly played in the background. It’s the same vibe as Blackbird Pizzeria, another Philadelphian, vegan, heavy metal restaurant without, of course, the pizza. I couldn’t possibly imagine myself spending significant amounts of time here; it seemed like an interesting tourist destination, but throughout my short stay, I felt a constant disconnect between the […]Read more "impressions: grindcore house"
As the only high-budget Hollywood film in the past 25 years with a majority Asian cast, Crazy Rich Asians offers a much-needed reprise to an industry dominated by — to put it delicately — not, not white people. And because the movie holds such historical significance, it also inadvertently takes on the role as the […]Read more "review: ‘crazy rich asians’"
I missed the bus on from 34th and South Street. I decided to skate. Twenty feet in, I decided not to skate. I arrived discomforted. Wet. I ordered a dark roast. Hot. There were no open tables. I went outside. I pulled out my computer. My computer was hot. It hadn’t slept. Like me. I […]Read more "impressions: ultimo coffee"
The dark roast is labeled drip coffee on the menu. It’s the company of the coffee that was served in the dining halls when I had first arrived at Penn. In that sense, the coffee is reminiscent of late nights studying in Craig Library, back during a time when two cups of coffee per day had […]Read more "impressions: rival bros coffee bar"
Quaint. Quiet. Quixotic. Located around the corner from the Barnes Foundation, I found a corner store in the midst of a series of high-end row homes. I got off the bus at 21st and Market Street before skating a couple minutes north. A couple of charming row-houses lined the hill up to Spring Street. […]Read more "impressions: peddler coffee"
It’s a sustainable clothing shop before a coffee shop. But, to someone like me who had never bought clothing from there, it had always been a coffee shop before a clothing shop. It’s in University City, otherwise known as West Philadelphia before it had been renamed for rebranding and gentrification purposes. After all, I cannot […]Read more "impressions: united by blue"