The Mondays Musts is a feature by Jessica @ Lovin’ los Libros! Every Monday, you post about your must read, must listen, and must see.
Reality Boy remains a book that I come back to time and time again because it was so moving when I first read it, and also because I didn’t completely understand all of it.
In this story, Gerald’s mental illness and childhood were disrupted and capitalized upon for the sake of his family’s reality TV show. Reality Boy is ugly, gritty, and difficult to read at times, but more than any other thinly-veiled Internet cautionary tale, this book shows the dangers and perverse nature of what we now accept as entertainment.
With every reread, Reality Boy makes me remember that the people on TV are real, not just characters who lead wholly inconsequential lives outside of their job.
You ready? SHOWTIME. That’s right, iKON’s back after a far too long stay in Japan, and they’re out with two new songs, Bling Bling and B-Day. Sadly, I’m still waiting on the amazing lyrics of pre-debut iKON to come back, but I completely fell in love with the music of B-Day. I will mention that part of the reason why I’m more partial to B-Day is because I can actually hear their voices. With Bling Bling, it feels slightly too electronic. Junhoe’s voice can hardly be heard over the music when it’s usually really distinctive. Regardless, it’s just nice to see them out with great new music again.
I’ve been listening to B-Day and Bling Bling a lot since the comeback and the release of this post, and I came to like Bling Bling much more than I initially did. Between B-Day losing its newness and Bling Bling catching on for me, I forgot for a while why I loved B-Day so much, because Bling Bling is punchier and more impressive music-wise. If you’re wondering the same thing, I remembered that the reason why I loved B-Day (and still love it now) is because it hit all the right notes straight off the bat. It’s like watching a dance for the first time and wanting a certain move to happen at a certain place so badly, and it happens. I was really proud of them for developing their own style, for branching out, and for having such a strong comeback ^-^
This week, I fascinated by an amazing article in The Atlantic by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Tizon about the slave his family had when he was growing up, a woman he and his family called Lola. The article is broken into sections that cover Tizon’s life experiences with Lola as well as where the article finds him after Lola’s death, and I found it incredibly insightful and poignant.
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