A Review Of "Milk And Vine"

A Review Of "Milk And Vine"

Vine might be gone, but it will never be forgotten.
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Are your YouTube suggestions full of Vine compilation recommendations? Do you still quote Vines like it’s a job you’ll never get paid for? Have you said at any point over the past year and a half, “Wow. I miss Vine”? Your mourning period is over because I have just the book for you.

Amazon’s current #1 bestselling book is "Milk and Vine" by Adam Gasiewski and Emily Beck. Written in the same style as Rupi Kaur’s poetry anthology "milk and honey", this short book does everything Kaur did, but better and with marginally less controversy: because the couple never expected the book to get big, they did not plan to compensate the original Vine artists. However, with that problem handled, the two plan to release another book quoting popular Tweets in Spring 2018.Emily explained how the book came about, sharing that “Adam was reading 'Milk and Honey' and he was like, ‘Wow, this is pretty cool,’” Beck said. “He wanted to write a book and I was like, ‘Why don’t we just put Vines in it to make it funny?’”

This book has all of your favorite vines like Hurricane Tortilla, Iridocyclitis, Ms. Keisha, Shower Time, and, my personal favorite, Kyle.


I bought this book at the suggestion of one of my roommates after walked in on me watching three different vine compilations on three different occasions. The goal of self-publishing the book, in the couple's own words, was "just trying to get this book into the hands of as many people as possible, to preserve the culture that Vine fostered" (x). This message is clear by the back cover which reads "Vine/ may have died/ but our love for it/ never will. Just six seconds/ defining the legacy/ of our generation."

What started out as a joke evolved pretty quickly when Adam and Emily woke up to find their book was number #1 on Amazon's bestseller's list. According to one interview conducted by a student at their school, the couple had the book written, formatted, and published on Amazon in three days. PS the two are in their first semester of their freshmen year at Temple University, in case you wanted to be any more in awe of the phenomenon.

Buy your copy of "Milk and Vine" here, and fast; with rising popularity comes rising prices. The book was originally priced around $2.39, but when I bought my copy it was already close to $4.00. It's the perfect holiday gift for that one friend who always has the perfect Vine reference available on hand.

Cover Image Credit: Emily Sharp

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An In Depth Description Of Janelle Monáe

A story-line that we all can learn from.
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Without a doubt, one of the most underrated artists of our time. Janelle Monáe is an artist that has managed to create an entire alternate universe based on her alter ego, Cindi Mayweather.

To be able to manage creating a concept series of albums that tell a thorough, Afro-Futurism narrative is extremely difficult, only adding to the amazing mind of Monáe. This takes intense thought processes that consist of forethought, creative control and time.

Janelle Monáe expresses herself through her music in a new, creative and unique way that sets her apart from just about every musician today. Her albums all correlate and tell a Metropolis inspired story of a female futuristic character that experiences divides and struggles.

She begins her introduction of her character with her first EP, "Metropolis: The Chase Suite" explaining how she is an android and has fallen in love with a human which is against android rules.

While on the run from disassembly for being in love with a human, her character, Cindi Mayweather realizes she is the sole savior who is suppose to unite the humans and the androids.

What amazes me about the story Janelle Monáe is telling, is how she's using a sci-fi inspired narrative to make a reference to the different cultural and political issues we face in today's world.

This point can be backed up with her albums, "The AcrhAndroid" and "The Electric Lady" which provides a further description of Cindi and how she (Monáe) uses these projects as a representation of people of color and the LGBTQ community.

Monáe has even quoted, “I don’t make music for kings or queens, I make music for regular people. I wear my black and white uniform to pay homage to those who are working every single day like my mother and father…I represent the working class and I try to create songs that are uplifting because this world can drive you insane, which is why I try to create songs like ‘Tightrope’ and ‘Cold War’. To give them inspiration on how to deal with balance and how to realize your strengths.”

Listening to her concept albums in a standard order allows a better understanding of the many references she makes.

What's even better about Monáe's structure of her albums is the fact she lets the listener choose their own level of engagement, which makes the album something you have to continuously come back to while also appreciating the creativity behind it in different ways.

Monáe provides multiple music videos that give her audience a visual element to add references to her overall aesthetic. Luckily, Monáe has just announced a further section to her detailed storyline by recently releasing a trailer for her upcoming album.

I recommend everyone takes the time to listen and to study these amazing pieces of work. I'm excited for what else we can discover and how she continues to expand on her plot.

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The Russian, The Redhead, And The Lawyer: A Short Story

Taxi! Taxi!
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This piece was based off an assignment for a creative writing class.

"Mine! This is mine!" The redhead is waving her hands in the air at the Russian and the lawyer, all three gathered at yellow cab. Inside the taxi driver is smoking a cigarette, listening to an audio nook, and is growing impatient by the second.

"Miss, actually," The lawyer speaks up with a clear, professional voice. "I believe that I actually signaled first."

Inside the cab, the driver flips on the taximeter and switches from cigarette to weed. Back on the street, the brawl continues. Now the Russian is growling, backing the lawyer against the taxi.

"Really, because, um, no you didn't. I was watching you sir, and no. This is my taxi, okay?" The redhead is still yelling at the lawyer that is being pushed by the Russian.

"Okay sir, I am the most high-profile lawyer in New York. I have a court case in 25 minutes, do not intimidate me!"

The Russian takes a deep breath, pushes up the sleeve of his sweater, and begins yelling in a thick Moscow accent. Everyone within a 5-mile radius stops in shock but decides to mind their own business when they see the vein blue out of his forehead.

"Guys, boys! No!" The redhead wedges herself between a man in a suit and Putin look-a-like.

"We can share the cab! Okay! Okay!" She looks back at the Russian that towers over her and then to the lawyer that is probably peeing his pants. Both are nodding in their own right.

"Igor, I'm assuming that's your name, you can sit up front! Okay? You can sit up front!"

But the lawyer doesn't agree with this and he throws his hands in the air, shaking his head in protest.

"Nope, I do not ride backseat."

The Russian puffs out his chest ready to fight the yuppie and redhead is standing between them again.

"Listen, we all have some place to be! We all called for a cab! Let's just get in it and we can figure it out! Okay?"

"My cab!" The Russian points to the taxi with a huge fist, the type of fist you get when you like 300 pounds every day.

"Sir, we all saw me call for the taxi first. It pulled up to me then you and this redhead tried to assault me!"

"Okay! You know what? First off, no! I did not 'assault' you, Mr. High Profile Lawyer!" The redhead throws her hands into the air in frustration.

Next to the three strangers, a young couple is running down the street yelling out "taxi!" The strangers glance at the sight, all rolling their eyes, and then ignores them.

"Fine, you know what? Igor and you can argue about this cab! I have somewhere to be!"

"Well so do I! I have court in 40 minutes!"

The Russian snorts.

"Two minutes ago you said it was 25!" Yells out the redhead.

As the Russian, the redhead, and the lawyer began again the couple spots the parked taxi. Their faces light up as they hop into the cab, unknowing that the taximeter has been running for over five minutes.

The redhead opens her mouth to speak, the Russian starts to laugh, and the lawyer stands with a confused face. The three strangers that have been arguing on the street for what seems like eternity then shake hands and go their separate ways.



Cover Image Credit: Jeshoots

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