max and i had dinner in the upper east side yesterday.
this is his happy face.
Thank you #AthenaFilmFestival for an amazing weekend. I was lucky enough to attend screenings of In A World and the The Book Thief. The two were very different films in terms of subject-heaviness, but were nonetheless similar in that they both starred complex and bold women. The Athena Film Festival celebrates women and leadership in feature films, shorts, documentaries, and engaging panels. The film industry is painfully lacking in movies that imagine women complexly. We are shoved into the overworn bodies of manic pixie dream girls in indie summer blockbusters and evil queens in modern fairytale adaptations. The Bechdel Test is a bar set woefully low, and it’s sad to see that so many top box office films aren’t even reaching its simple criteria (that there are two women who talk to one another about something other than a man). I thank Barnard for events like the AFF but I only wish that we had more reasons and occasions to celebrate.
(also I got to properly meet Jo* so that was a plus. also sorry because writing about things is not my forte rn.)
*aka Barnard Baby
I mean, ideally I’d like to be able to take off my eye makeup without looking like I’m about to participate in a satanic worship ritual, ya feel?
I’ve been in a real slump these past few months. And it’s gotten bad. I know I should work harder, and I know I should go study for those tests and do those Lit assignments, but I just can’t. I waste the day away on Netflix/Tumblr/YouTube and I DON’T KNOW HOW TO STOP MYSELF. Everyone tells me “Oh, it doesn’t matter, you’re already in college!” but I’m not in college yet. I still have months to go (and AP exams to ace) before I can finally relax. Two of my New Year’s resolutions were to read more and exercise more, and I was pretty good about that!… in the first week of January. It’s February now and I haven’t even gotten halfway into The Art of Fielding, which I’d really been enjoying so far. I put it down sometime in mid-January and I haven’t been in the right mindset to pick it back up. School work is piling up like the snow on my driveway, and I just want to get it all over with so I can properly enjoy senior year, but it’s just not working out. I mostly just want to sleep.
[On a better note, one of my resolutions was also to be more worldly and informed, and I’ve gotten myself a subscription to the NY Times. I’ve also made it a point to check the Times, the New Yorker, BBC News, NPR, and the Columbia Spectator at least once a day.]