Monday, February 28, 2011

Date A Girl Who Reads

"Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilightseries.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes."

-Rosemary Urquico

Brain Trip

Stephen G. Rhodes


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Club Coke

Daft Punk limited edition Coke bottles -'Club Coke' - sweet

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The King of Limbs

Loving the new Radiohead album, The King of Limbs.

Check out the new video for 'Lotus Flower'

Riddle me this, why is Radiohead so fucking awesome?

Way Beyond Average Punk Bliss

Last night I saw Homostupids perform with opener Aaron Dilloway of Wolf Eyes. When Aaron Dilloway performed, a Monday night mob of hipsters stood around and stared, there was not even a little head bobbing. When Homostupids came on, mosh mayhem erupted. Way beyond average punk bliss.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Black Sands

Monday, February 14, 2011

[insert gushy romantic quote]

Happy Valentines Day

With love from a sick little lamb with the flu

Friday, February 11, 2011

Not A Rebel

Chiddy Bang samples The Crystals, I'm down.

Is This It

A long wait, but it's here. The Strokes released the first single, 'Under Cover of Darkness' from the upcoming album, Angles, due March 21st. Being a huge fan, I'm super excited for the new album to drop, I mean they only took a 5 year hiatus. Despite keeping up with various Strokes side projects (Nickel Eye, Little Joy, Albert Hammond Jr. and Casablancas' solo projects), I'm ready for their 4th full-length album. I'll be totally honest, I don't love the single, but even hearing them play together again has made me smile. I can't wait to hear the other 9 tracks.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Graveyard Girl

Death is her boyfriend
She spits on summers and smiles to the night
She collects crowns made of black roses
But her hear is made of bubble gum

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bad To The Bone

This Is Hardcore featuring Kate Moss, Natalia Vodianova, and transgender model Lea T shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott for LOVE magazine.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Leaning Into The Afternoons...

The birds of night peck at the first stars that flash like my soul when I love you.

Life In The Gray

New Jenny and Johnny music video!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Jamie of the XX remixes Adele's latest single featuring Childish Gambino, a writer for 30 Rock, say what?

Float On

Float On - Cities Aviv