The End of an Era

The Beastie Boys are one of those bands that I always thought would be around forever and ever. Well, you know what I mean. Everything and everyone dies, but still. Adam Yauch (MCA, Nathaniel Hornblower, etc.) helped bring Tibet to younger kids (like me) with the Beastie Boys. Grand Royal was a great magazine and who could forget the myriad of characters that they would play in their videos?? I liked every single one of their albums, some more than others of course, but I liked them ALL. It’s difficult to say that about any artists nowadays.

Plus, I didn’t really know anyone who ever had a problem with the Beastie Boys and if they did, they weren’t on my radar for very long. Today is a sad day with the passing of Adam Yauch. I’m listening to Ill Communication right now in his honor.

If it weren’t for the Beastie Boys, I truly believe that I wouldn’t have had a chance to go see the Dalai Lama speak at UCLA on my 23rd birthday, aeons ago. They helped bring awareness to what has been going on in Tibet for a long time and I respect them immensely for it. They also happen to be incredibly talented musicians, go figure.

RIP Nathaniel Hornblower

A very happy birthday to Keith Haring. Today’s Google doodle is in his honor.

Keith Haring is also partially responsible for a movie that I watched last night that remains stuck in my brain right now, Paris is Burning. A fabulous documentary that was the precursor to a lot of things, including RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Speaking of RuPaul, and while I was hunting for that YouTube like above, I found this gem of a clip from when he appeared on Arsenio Hall for the first time. Most kids won’t have any idea of who Arsenio Hall is, yeah? Weird. I mean, he wasn’t my favorite, but he was funny sometimes and had very interesting people on his show.

There might be some travel on the horizon tomorrow, as Coco and I are going out of town for a few days. My Computer Science class is kicking my ass and I’m equally exasperated with my Marketing class, and how could I forget about the Writing class that I have to finish from last year? Insert face of dread here.

Your comrade in beauty and stuff,


  1. Those classes sound painful. I’ll have to remember you when I’m getting overwhelmed with fashion, and keep perspective.

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