Popgirl — #11

My calendar says it’s June now but I just don’t believe it! We had five whole weeks of May but it feels closer to five days, and I am in no way exaggerating. Perhaps the busy nature of the month is why I wasn’t as tuned in to pop culture for May, we just don’t know!

That said, here’s my recap for May 2019:


Wonderful and weird things I love.

Something Great (2019)
I’m grateful to this movie for making me laugh and also for gently letting me know that I needed to listen to Lizzo’s latest album. I need more female-focused movies written and directed by women, please and thank you.

Killing Eve (S1)
Listen, Sandra Oh is a brilliant presence and I have not enjoyed a fictional psychopath like Villanelle since Luther’s Alice Morgan – though Killing Eve’s freshman season was thankfully not as dark as early Luther. All things considered, Killing Eve brought some welcome variety to my standard sitcom fare.

Shazam! (2019)
I may be a Grinch about most superhero movies these days (Age of Ultron really did a number on me) but I’m always up for a cinematic adventure with my brothers, and Shazam! was on the agenda. Having recently fallen in love with Zach Levi – thank you, ASP – I knew at the very least I’d enjoy watching his face on the silver screen. But I was pleasantly surprised by Shazam! with all its heart and glory. You guys can have the Avengers, I’ll take the Shazam Family any day.   

Chef’s Table: Pastry (E1)

“I think the world is more often your oyster when you approach it with more of a childlike sensibility. The world is a more curious place. It’s a more beautiful place. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows, but within any given day in life, there should always be a moment where the weight of the world is just a little bit lighter on your shoulders.”

Christina Tosi

The Christina Tosi episode of Chef’s Table: Pastry is magical and wonderful and will definitely make you want to eat a cookie. I loved learning about Tosi’s journey as a chef and how she started working with Momofuku restaurateur and champion of ugly food, David Chang. It’s always refreshing to see successful people be transparent about how much hard work and courage to fail it really requires to make it, whether that’s with a popular bakery or something entirely different.

The Creative Types Test
I’ve always loved surveys and personality quizzes, so when Adobe released a test to help individuals better understand who they are as creatives, I immediately took it. With different animations for each question, the test itself is a fun experience and unique tribute to creativity all on its own. Whether you realize it or not, everyone has a creative type, so I highly recommend you check it out! P.S. I took the test multiple times, and each time I was ID’d as The Artist with strength in my ability to bring ideas and concepts to life. Fun!

Superstore (S4 Finale)
Y’all ever watch something with the perfect balance of lighthearted idiocy while still tackling real social issues? May I introduce you to the season four finale of Superstore?

What I listened to
Cuz I Love You, Lizzo’s thoroughly enjoyable third album. ‘Like a Girl’ inspired me to create a playlist of similarly-themed tunes. On Mother’s Day, I played Sara Bareilles’ bonus track from Amidst the Chaos and definitely Did Not Cry. This cover of the classic Lizzie McGuire Movie hit, ‘What Dreams are Made Of’. While driving to Elliott Morgan’s home state, I checked out a few episodes of The Fundamentalists podcast (Pete’s accent is dreamy). New CRJ, ‘Too Much’ is just enough for me. ‘Stay Young’ by the talented Maisie Peters. Also, this.

What I read
Every Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Movie, Ranked by Surreality. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds, a fun read with bright cover artwork and a storyline that is just as colorful. The slowly eroding myths about crying at work. An opinion piece from The Times on the unequal division of labor in the home for heteronormative parents.

What I wrote
At HUM, we launched a new series called “HUMan Interest,” which features opinion stories from my team on topics that resonate with us most. I’m very proud of the three I’ve contributed so far on why sustainability is much more than just a fluffy marketing term for businesses, the mission of The Little Market, and ethical brands that are doing good for our planet and the people in it.

What I wore
I maintain a very lazy style Instagram and these were two of my favorite looks from last month:

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This ain’t it.

99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
Yet another book that just uses twinhood as a device even though I fully went into it expecting to read a Twin Book.

ME! by Taylor Swift
I’ll admit it: I am stuck in the not-so-distant past and long for every Swift endeavor to be as phenomenally fun as 1989. That said, this is not a great song. Thanks.

Pop of the Month

The Valleycast ft. Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley (former YouTuber, current life coach, all-around great human) went on the Valleyfolk’s podcast and I loved every minute. Particularly here for the last 20ish minutes or so, where Michael shares so many gems about this human existence we all share. In the words of Alana Fickes: “Big fan, first time realizing what you’re about and I’m so excited.”

By Kathryn

KATIE is a twenty-something held together with iced coffee and her wits. She writes personal confessions and pop culture chronicles.

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