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Day 105: Ode To Paste Magazine

2 Sep

The most recent issue of Paste

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Once more, a digression from my promise of pictures of California, but this is important.

As you probably know, I did a paste mag video week a few weeks ago (talking about videos given to me by Paste Magazine, aka my favorite magazine).

Well, some shockingly sad news was announced yesterday:

“Paste Media Group announces, with deepest sadness, the suspension of the Paste magazine print product. Struggles with mounting debt were made public last year when our readers responded with generosity to save the magazine. But the prolonged downturn of the ad market has forced a hiatus. All subscribers have access to the digital version of their magazines through the June/July issue on PasteMagazine.com. Paste, while considering strategic alternatives, is focusing on its digital assets, including PasteMagazine.com.”

Yes, my dear readers, my all time favorite magazine (and my dream job) is suspending print publications. I wanted to cry for my future, and also my year subscription.

But this is a website devoted to optimism, and for today’s blogpost, I’ve decided to write an Ode to Paste Magazine:

An Ode To Paste Magazine

Moving to the great northwest
Was hard enough
Without much of a knowledge
Of current music
But Paste was there.
With it’s influence in the indie music community
Featuring some artists
Like Fleet Foxes and Starlight Mints
That quickly became my favorite musicians.
With it’s countless free downloads of music and videos
Including an ice skater performing against the Shins
And a woman hiding in a bookcase in the snow.
With it’s witty writing
Keeping me interested in whatever I’m reading
Within it’s strangely calming pages.
With that weird smell
That’s strangely appealing
When you pick a copy up at a bookstore.
I will miss you Paste
And I will never forget you.
So Bon Voyage
Which means “Good Travel”
And not goodbye.

Day 52: I Am Love

11 Jul

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Tonight I went and saw “I Am Love” with my friend Tyler. And I fell in love.

This movie was incredible. It was unbelievable. And it was intensely amazing. I am so shocked at how good it actually was.

Basically, here is a rough plotline: An ex-Russian woman lives in Milan with her extremely rich husband and three kids. As months go by, love is found in the strangest of places, betrayal is discovered, and families are tested to the limits of understanding.

I don’t want to say anymore for fear of giving anything away.

But the reason I want to talk about this movie in today’s blogpost is because of it’s attention to detail. Each shot uses closeups, focus, saturation, contrast, and fast cuts to give a completely unique perspective to each moment. One of my favorite scenes in the whole movie is when the main character Emma (played by the amazing Tilda Swinton) visits a restaurant run by a good friend of her son. As he prepares this amazing dish for her, she sits and stares at it, all while the dialogue seems to fade away. The food is lit up in gorgeous colors and the music picks up the pace. Emma is lit completely with what seems like a spotlight as she indulges in the food. Every second of this scene goes by so slowly, and each movement and sound is illuminated for a specific purpose: to expose her deepest desires in this scene. This is just one example, however, of so many!

The simplest of things made such a huge impression on me…. all the close ups of flowers, Italian buildings, facial expressions, and everything else made me fall in love with this movie.

If it is anywhere near you (hint: Seattle people, it’s playing at the Seven Gables theater in the university district), GO SEE IT. It is ingenious. It is gorgeous. And it will brighten your soul with it’s beauty.

Here’s the preview!