By this time in the semester, it’s probably safe to assume that many new year’s resolutions have sorta…fizzled out. That doesn’t mean that efforts to make 2019 an exceptional year should be disregarded. To make 2019 a unique, unconventional year, we can start by consuming unique, unconventional written works. The publishing industry routinely churns out monotonous material, but there are definitely a few unique books on the market. If you’re tired of reading the same old stuff and want to survey the kind of material that reinvents literature, then the following books should definitely be added to your list.
I’ve already annoyed all of my friends by speaking about how much I love the film Sorry to Bother You; the only outlet I have left by which to communicate my feelings is to strangers on the internet. Sorry to Bother You is a masterpiece of modern cinema, and I paid to see it three times after its American release in July. Its UK release is scheduled for December of this year, and I’ve already made plans to see it in theaters once again. While this approach may seem dumb to some people (read: my dad), Sorry to Bother You is truly a priceless film experience, even after already seeing it three times.
If there’s one thing St Andrews doesn’t lack, it’s distractions from the extremely enriching and necessary class work which never seems to stop piling up. And here I am, offering you a list of ten more distractions to crowd your browser’s tab bar. If this just happens to be the perfect opportunity for me to re-read these gems instead of writing my essay that’s due in less than three days, then so be it. The following ten short stories are riveting enough to be read all at once, sure to make procrastinating a worthwhile endeavor.
First things first: The Front Bottoms aren’t all that good. Sorry. But their newest album, Going Grey, is somehow the best album of 2017 anyway (sorry Harry Styles, I still love you). A band hailing from the great state of New Jersey, The Front Bottoms have created a following made up of the entire intersection of the Guys with Beards Who Wear Flannel and Fourteen Year-Old Girls Who Smoke Cigarettes venn diagram. In a nutshell, lead vocalist Brian Sella delivers lyrics with a voice anyone would not be surprised to learn comes from a dude named Brian, but that only seems to contribute to the greater lethargic effect exuded by the instrumentals. None of this should work, but it does.
If, for some absolutely ridiculous reason, your October 31st plans don’t revolve around drunkenly attempting to fight at least one of the two ghosts who haunt St Andrews Cathedral, then firstly: you’re doing Halloween wrong. Secondly, you could probably use a few spooky tunes to rattle your bones and get you in the Halloween spirit! As a preliminary disclaimer, I’d like to point out that this playlist does not include Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett’s ‘Monster Mash’ nor the main theme from Scooby Doo. Apologies in advance, but those are already no-brainers. For a truly thrilling night, check out these bangers that are guaranteed to kill.