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This is me in ABC’s!

Ever since I came back from studying abroad in London, fall 2009, I realized my born-and-raised KC self was quite naïve to all of the hidden secrets of this city.

We aren’t all cow-tippers (like those embarrassing cringe-worthy T-shirts sold at the airport imply). A lot of us are hip college kids.

We are the generation not only open to progress, but also demanding it.

After all, we are the generation who changed history by fervently voting for the first African-American President.

We are eclectic and open-minded.

As the new Arts & Entertainment Editor, my hope is to prove that the 816 is innovative, hip and accepting.

What I’m all about: I’m a senior majoring in English and also a Publicity Officer for the Undergraduate English Council.

I am a blog addict, checking feministing.com, craftzine.com, chrisguillebeau.com/3×5/ and postsecret.com with frequency, a wander-luster and a lover of all things whimsical—balloons and sparklers.

I could go on about myself, but as John Cusack’s character Rob Gordon concluded in “High Fidelity,” “…what really matters is what you like, not what you are like…Books, records, films—these things matter.” So here’s my interpretive (as in it’s-really-hard-to-find-something-that-starts-with-the-letter-x) alphabet of my favorite music, films, artists and authors.

“(500) Days of Summer” (I had to include my favorite film, because “this is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.”) Ani Difranco, Almost Famous, Amélie. Björk, Bright Eyes, Banksy, Cat Power, Coldplay, Candy, Death Cab for Cutie, Explosions in the Sky, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” Fiona Apple, Florence + The Machine, “Fight Club,” “Garden State,” “Good Will Hunting,” Gloria Steinem, Harper Lee, Incubus, Jack’s Mannequin, Keroac, Jack, Led Zeppelin, “Mary Poppins,” Mumford & Sons, Nash, Kate, “Never Let Me Go,” “Once,” Pink Floyd, “The Queen,” Rilo Kiley, Rage Against the Machine, Spektor, Regina, Sigur Rós, Tegan and Sara, “Up,” “V for Vendetta,” Vedera, The Who, Woolf Virginia, X, Malcolm, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ZZ Top.

Make your own alphabet and compare yours with those around you!.

In the words of Rob Gordon, “It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.”

sashlock@unews.com

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