Against all odds, we’ve made it to December!
In the coming months, I expect to make some changes to this blog, which means Popgirl might undergo yet another transformation. In the meantime, let us all bask in the glow that is the 15th issue of this evolving collection of ramblings that I (and possibly you) enjoy so much.
So good you’ll want more.
Surprisingly, I didn’t watch too much in November. I saw Frozen II in theaters and I agree with Elliott Morgan, Olaf is my new favorite comedian. Speaking of Elliott, I also watched For the old Folks, a heartfelt swan song to the Valleyfolk as we knew it, from editor Kevin Plachy. And this delightfully dumb sketch by Brian Jordan Alvarez.
I’ve been going in on the radio playlist pulled from Maggie Rogers’ latest single ‘Love You For a Long Time,’ which I predict I will love for… a long time. Also ‘Motion Sickness’ by Phoebe Bridgers. And of course, my lowkey holiday mix got a lot of play.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara, an excellent read for any true crime aficionado. That said, it took me the better part of the year to read this book. I found McNamara’s writing at once beautiful and engrossing, but considering the subject matter, I could only enjoy it in small doses. Still, I recommend any fellow murderinos give it a read. Lauren Robel On the First Amendment and the Times’ followup. Although I *technically* didn’t finish this until early December: Lori Gottlieb’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. To say this is a book about therapy would seriously undersell it, but that is the simplest way to describe it. At times Gottlieb made me feel like a fly on the wall in her sessions as both therapist and patient, and as a naturally nosy person, I LOVED it. A fun look into why we’re obsessed with the Bon Apetit Cinematic Universe.
I shared an overdue update on my life in Korea, complete with pictures and purple prose: Rose-colored glasses.
I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.
Conversations With Friends
I finished my Goodreads reading challenge when reading Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney. As much of a triumph that was, I didn’t get this book at all. I’ve seen Rooney called “the first great millennial author” but, this work was not for me. The writing style drones on and in my opinion, none of the characters were redeemable in any way. It was a joyless read. My favorite part was also a great example of how irredeemable these characters were: At one point, the protagonist sends a two-sentence response to a pages-long email.
Early on in November, I dipped my toes into Private Practice (S1-4) because I was seeking more Amelia Shepherd content in my life. But, unlike its Seattle counterpart, there wasn’t much draw to the show for me despite Kate Walsh and the Broadway alums (Audra McDonald and Taye Diggs) keeping her company. Even once Amelia appeared, I didn’t see a reason to keep watching. Learn from my mistakes and just read the series’ Wiki synopsis instead!
Pop of the Month
Colleen Ballinger’s Childhood Cancer Fundraiser
For about three years now, YouTuber Colleen Ballinger has used her birthday and platform as a chance to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. It’s one of the many reasons I admire her. This was the biggest year yet, with donations currently at $144,225, and this amount doesn’t include the $20,000 Colleen herself has pledged to add. The fundraiser will be open for another month if you’re feeling extra charitable this season!
All proceeds are split between the LA Children’s Hospital and Family Reach, the same amazing company I donated to when I participated in Frocktober for childhood cancer last year.