I recently rearranged my RSS feed, and now somehow my past is haunting me like crazy. First it was this Vice article about house parties, of which I have vivid and gross memories of both hosting and attending 20 or so years ago. Now I’m one of the people they mention with kids who sits (quite happily) on her couch with her husband and doesn’t go out much these days.
Then it was this article about the science behind Twin Peaks, which brought me back to my early days in San Francisco when I binge-watched the entire series by running across the street to the VHS rental place every night to get the next tape, and watched it in my Castro bedroom that was actually a living room. My roommates had to walk in front of the TV to get to the kitchen and bathroom as I sat on my bed transfixed. It’s also an article I would have loved to write back in my days as a science writer (or now, really).
The icing on the cake was the one about Charles Peterson’s photography of the grunge scene in the early ’90s. It was the photo of L7 that really got me. On principal I loved the all-female grunge band. In reality I could only tolerate a handful of their songs. It was more of a style thing. Pretend That We’re Dead was my favorite. (They are back together btw and have a Kickstarter on to make a documentary.) Also, lead singer Donita Sparks’ gray and blue hair is very in fashion at the moment.
Isn’t this photo of them magical?