I saw that you want to go into immunology. Have you read The Hot Zone?
I have! It’s been a long time, but I thought it was really interesting, both in terms of narrative and the virus itself.
Ebola still creeps me out because of the graphic descriptions in that book.
The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.
- Steve Furtick
One of my favorite things about California: SO MANY CHURROS. That, in addition to wonderful Mexican/seafood, made it a wonderful place.
Grizzly Bear’s fourth album rewards listeners with strange surprises and a few hooky, expansive ringers. Along the way, it showcases the considerable gifts of four guys willing to hover patiently through the detours, without sacrificing the beauty that makes the journey worthwhile.
WHY MUST I BE IN CLASS RIGHT NOW
THIS IS THE FIRST THING I AM LISTENING TO AFTER MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
"Teardrop" by Massive Attack - Mezzanine
This song, along with “Glory Box,” is my favorite out of the whole trip-hop movement. It truly is transcendental in terms of vocals, lyrics, and the heartbeat-like beat throbbing in the background. It really isn’t necessary to say much about this song - it speaks for itself. The video, while it is a little weird, is sort of appropriate for the song.
I do want to share a bit of trivia about the song that I found really cool. First, it was originally planned that Madonna would do the vocals for the track. However, in a 2-1 vote (Vowles being the one who voted for Madonna), Elizabeth Fraser won the ability to write lyrics and do the vocals for the track. Second, Fraser wrote and recorded the song around the time of Jeff Buckley’s passing, which she says influenced her work.
Listening to Madonna’s other track with Massive Attack (“I Want You”), I can understand why she was considered and would be interested to hear what she would have done with the song. However, I am so glad Elizabeth Fraser was picked in the end - what she did with it would have been too tragic to lose to Madonna.
"It’s Time" by Imagine Dragons - Acoustic at SXSW
I am conflicted by how much I have loved this song recently. I first heard it through the Glee cover (which, surprisingly, is a version I really like). There is just something very catchy and uplifting about the song that has made it stick in my head for the past few days.
I don’t know what has overcome me lately. Music I would have dismissed very quickly in the past is now really appealing to me. For instance, the lyrics “This road never looked so lonely - this house doesn’t burn down slowly to ashes” normally would come off as really cliche and cheesy but somehow works here.
Maybe something has come over me to make me less of a cynic/critic?
I just had a wonderful home-cooked meal with two friends that live in South Oakland. I primarily know the area for its sketchy houses, but I never realized that along Lawn Street, they have such a wonderful view of Southside. I can honestly say I envy them, especially since they have benches set up for those who want to watch the city.
This kind of interaction is what I love - I like parties/going out every now and then, but I much prefer conversing with people in order to feel connected to them. I will make sure I do this a lot this semester.
How satisfying it is to leave a mark on a blank surface. To make a map of my movement, no matter how temporary.
- Craig Thompson, Blankets