It's strange how sometimes things work out in a completely different way than expected. It's as if every time I think my life has settled and I can relax and enjoy myself, something comes out of nowhere to knock me right on my ass. At this point, I've pretty much grown used to this cycle… Continue reading Some random thoughts
This is another assignment I did for my English Comp II class in Spring 2017. This was my first interview and I don't see many opportunities to try another in the future, but it was a very enjoyable experience.
All photos by Chona Kasinger
Every band begins with a mission. Some yearn for fame, others for fortune; many are just looking for a way to pay the bills, and a few want to make art for art’s sake. The Seattle band Chastity Belt also grew from a shared purpose; the quartet came together when they were sophomores at Whitman College, in neighboring Walla Walla. The catalyst? An intense desire, fueled largely by pure boredom, to troll Beta Theta Pi, one of four fraternities on campus.
It was 2010, bandleader Julia Shapiro tells me over the phone, and the brothers’ annual “Battle of the Bands”—a bacchanal dominated by Axe, weed, and body odor—was fast approaching. As such, the ladies—Shapiro (guitar, vocals), Lydia Lund (guitar), Annie Truscott (bass), and Gretchen Grimm (drums)—figured it’d be pretty damn funny to invite all their friends, storm the dudebros’ fortress, and hopefully, come out on…
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This paper is part film review and part analysis
A memoir-style piece I wrote for Comp II. There was a max word count of 500 and it was supposed to be based around a place of significance.