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Teen Tastemakers: February Picks


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Teens, Idea Exchange | February 13, 2018

With Family Day weekend and March Break coming up, why brave the frigid wilderness outside when you can stay inside and binge on worthwhile entertainment? The Teen Tastemakers have been selflessly subjecting ourselves to hours of reading and binge-watching in order to bring you the very best in entertainment for your time off:


READ (Charlotte)

It’s always cool to read memoirs. They give you the opportunity to really get into the heads of people you admire, and learn about their lives. So, here is a list of my favourite memoirs to read this February.

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl : A Memoir Tranny : Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout Just Kids

Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein: Carrie Brownstein is very accomplished, from playing in the excellent punk band Sleater-Kinney, to creating the Emmy-winning sketch show Portlandia with fellow comedian Fred Armisen. This book explores her early life and life in Sleater-Kinney, and it’s very well-written.

Confessions Of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout by Laura Jane Grace: Laura Jane Grace has been in the punk scene for over 20 years, as the lead guitarist, singer, songwriter, and founder of Florida punk band Against Me!. Her memoir has plenty of the expected rock ‘n’ roll partying stories, but she also writes about her experiences with gender dysphoria and coming out as a trans woman, which is similarly interesting.

Just Kids by Patti Smith: Patti Smith is called the godmother of punk, and aptly so. This memoir, written with beautiful prose, explores her life in the late ‘60s and ‘70s with artist Robert Mapplethorpe, and her first forays into rock ‘n’ roll. I highly recommend it, and it is very inspiring as an artist, writer, and musician.


WATCH (Gemma)

Hey, everyone! Now that March Break is near, here’s a list of very binge-worthy television shows to pass the time.

  1. Breaking Bad (available on DVD from Idea Exchange)

Generally accepted as the greatest show of all time, Breaking Bad is a neo-western centered on Walter White, a high-school chemistry teacher who turns to the cooking and selling of methamphetamine to support his family when he is diagnosed with lung cancer, assisted by his former student, Jesse Pinkman. The show is a heavy drama not for the faint of heart, but it is still a fresh and deeply fascinating look at the balance between good and evil and devotion to family.

  1. Marvel’s Runaways (airs Wednesdays at 8pm on Showcase)

Based on a comic series of the same name, Runaways centers on six teenagers-Nico, Karolina, Gert, Molly, Alex, and Chase-whose only commonality are the work their wealthy parents do together. But when they meet up again after the death of Nico’s younger sister, they discover a sinister truth. Their parents are supervillains, part of an organization called Pride that rules the city of Los Angeles with an iron fist. Runaways is a modern, innovative, and funny show, with deep and complex characters with different backgrounds and histories.

  1. Jessica Jones (available on Netflix)

Another Marvel show, Jessica Jones features the titular heroine, a super-hero turned private detective trying to come to terms with her assault by a man named Kilgrave, who has the power to control minds, as well as trying to stop him from hurting anyone else. Jessica Jones is unafraid to be dark and gritty, exploring issues such as rape and post-traumatic stress disorder with honesty and depth.

  1. Girlboss (available on Netflix)

This show is based on the autobiography of Sophia Amoruso, #Girlboss, detailing how she created an ebay company selling vintage clothing and her rise into the business world. Girlboss is a genuine and funny show about strength and hard work.

Hopefully this list has given you some ideas about new shows you want to check out this March break!


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