Saturday, April 12, 2014

The ACTUAL 10 Sexiest Men in Music

Guys.  GUYS.

I just read a list of the “sexiest men in music” and I fucking kid you not, Harry Styles, Adam Lambert, Drake, and JUSTIN FUCKING BIEBER were on the list.

Harry Styles, One Direction
Adam Lambert
Drake, Started from the bottom now I'm here...which is still the bottom
Justin Bieber, the Biebs, the devil's toy dog

...which pissed me off so much that now I’m making my own list.  It may not be perfect, but it will be far superior to what the internet has so far offered me.

The 10 Sexiest Men in Music (in no particular order):

1.  Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather)

Jack White, The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather

He's dark, mysterious, and sexy--and not everyone can be so weird-looking and still so hot!

2. Anthony Kiedis (The Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Anthony Kiedis, The Red Hot Chili Peppers

If we pretend these days:

Anthony Kiedis Long Hair

And these:

...never existed.

I mean, really.  He's like the king of sexy dirty funk/rap/punk rock.  It doesn't hurt that he usually performs shirtless too, so we get to see his sexy tattooed body!

Extra shoutout here to Flea too, especially when he was rocking the blue hair!

Flea Blue Hair

3. Jared Leto  (30 Seconds to Mars)

Kinda hard to believe that he's like 40.  I mean everyone else can basically just go home when Jared Leto is there.  This is a shot from a pretty kinky and sexy, albeit creepy, video--30 Seconds to Mars' "Hurricane."

4. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)

Kurt Cobain, Nirvana

 Is an explanation even necessary here?

5. Brandon Flowers (The Killers)

Brandon Flowers, The Killers

He's got a total good-boy look (any surprise he’s Mormon?), and he's not normally my type, but somehow he is still SO sexy and appealing.

6. Jason Wade (Lifehouse)

Jason Wade, Lifehouse

Make fun of watery, sorta-Christian pop-rock band Lifehouse all you want, but the lead singer is sexy and you all know deep down that the second his scratchy voice starts singing “Hanging By a Moment” you can’t help but sing along.

7. Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur)

Damon Albarn, Gorillaz, Blur

British scruff and genius music?  Yes please.

8. Tyson Ritter (All-American Rejects)

Tyson Ritter, All-American Rejects

Forget that you listened to his music in 7th grade.  He’s got GORGEOUS eyes and a sort of creepy sexy look that makes you seriously swoon even 12 years later.

9. Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens

You want indie?  You want smolder?  You want someone to sit and drink coffee with you while strumming a guitar on a rainy day?

10. Ryan Kattner a.k.a. Honus Honus (Man Man)

Ryan Kattner, Honus Honus, Man Man

A gritty voice and a shy personality--he’s a tortured soul and it’s oh-so-appealing.  Besides which, check out the immense glory which is that mustache.  I've never seen a man make one of those things look so sexy before.

In case you haven’t noticed, I generally go for either dark and mysterious, or scruffy.  I used to think I had no type, since I frequently find myself attracted to persons all over basically every spectrum, but I’ve started to realize I really do have a couple different types and I just step outside of them when someone stands out to me. 

Thankfully I ended up with the sexiest scruffy man a girl can ask for.  And thankfully he doesn’t care when I act like a 14 year-old girl over celebrities!

Who am I missing?  Feel free to post a comment with more sexy male musicians!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

What My Book Is Really About

Most of you know I've been writing a book. It's a big part of why I've neglected this blog. I'm 5 solid chapters in, which is significant for historical fiction since I have to stop every five minutes to research whether I can say this or that word, or whether her skirt would really have been made of cotton, or to look up what date the militia stole back the gunpowder in Williamsburg for like the billionth time (I have a terrible memory).

But I'm only 5 chapters in, and I've been stuck. Not because I don't have a plot, not because I don't know my characters, not because I haven't done enough, I've been stuck because I couldn't seem to pin down the soul of the thing. I knew what it was about--history, figuring out who you are, mysticism, romance, activism--but something was still missing. Almost like trying to write an essay without a clear thesis.

Well, today it came to me, and I feel so restored and passionate that I want to share it with you. I'm just going to transcribe the brainstorm I scribbled on the back of the receipts I had in my purse, raw and original.

When you connect--really connect--with history, you feel more attached, more aware. You care more. You feel for the human condition, for the power just a few people can have and for the world-changing immensity of a lot of people united in one purpose. You see how movements start and how they take hold and the importance of standing firmly on your beliefs, of the golden rule, and of faith in humanity and of faith in yourself. Vi is a disillusioned, unemployed millennial trying to find purpose. Through Veronique (her grandmother 6 times over), through humanism, through the beginning of the civil rights movement in the wake of two world-changing revolutions to which she was personally connected--Vi sees that humanity and life itself are worth living and fighting for. That is the overall message of this book. Millennials have on their hands a world full of the most incredible technology, communication, education opportunities, and even easy travel--but rather than using these things to take our passions to an even greater potential, so many of us have become blasé, overwhelmed by input. We hear about every tragedy, see every cute puppy, know everything our friends are doing without even having to talk to them. We have so much power but have lost our passion to use it. History can inspire. Nothing gets someone interested in space more excited than the moon landing, nothing motivates a feminist like stories about Susan B. Anthony, and nothing feels more patriotic than learning about the war of independence. We don't need to lose our passion and our interests just because we're overwhelmed. History can help us remember why we care about politics, why it's so important to fight for our rights and freedom, why we should never lose our compassion or our sense of horror at atrocities, why we should listen keenly, think critically, stand together, and never, ever follow blindly. THIS is what this book, at its core, is about.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Paper Bag Kitty

I put a paper bag on top of Andromeda--and it was entirely her idea to poke her head through the hole and start walking around.

I about died.