Category Archives: Writing

Exploring the spectrum of Hillary’s likability

This week for Connect, I wrote about “Love Her, Love Her Not: The Hillary Paradox,” a book recently published by The Broad Side editor-in-chief, Joanne Bamberger and including writing from a local Savannah author, Lisa Solod. The book is a collection of essays that delve into the issue of Hillary’s likability. Anyone who’s paid even a lick of attention to current politics knows that everyone hates Hillary, and this book does a great job of trying to unpack why. I won’t get too much into the reasons why, because I think my article does a pretty good job (I hope!), but I’d like to address a point that I wasn’t able to include in my story.

Since Lisa and Joanne are both feminists who are familiar with politics, I wanted to talk about women’s involvement in politics, particularly among my own generation. I’ve heard a lot of women my age say that politics intimidate them and that they don’t want to get involved, but they decline to say why they don’t want to get involved. I find that curious and a little troublesome, so I wanted to ask these two ladies, who weren’t the least afraid to “get into politics,” their opinion on it. Lisa addressed the issue from the perspective of a woman trying to understand politics more, and Joanne addressed it from that of a woman trying to break into the political world.

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Best of Savannah masterpost

Connect recently published its Best Of Savannah issue, where residents vote on their favorite things in Savannah from nail spas to British restaurants to most crushworthy person. And I got to help! I wrote all the profiles for the Food and Drink section and almost all the witty blurbs for the Nightlife section. I’m so happy to have been a part of this wonderful issue and this wonderful newspaper. It’s been almost a year since I started interning here and I can say without sentimentality that there’s no other alt-weekly I’d rather work for.

Here are the profiles I wrote!

The GreyGreen Truck Pub, Flying Monk Noodle Bar, Whole Foods, B Matthews, Lili’s, Treylor Park, Southbound Brewery, and The Florence.

And here is a link to my favorite blurb I wrote (or, more accurately, quoted) that they actually let stay in the paper! I’m so honored that every Savannahian read those infamous words.

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Six Twelve Residency

When I first heard of Six Twelve and their artist residency exchange between Oklahoma City and Savannah, I have to admit I was perplexed at the connection. What could be the link between OKC and SAV? Here’s a story about the new exchange and its awesome artist, Denise Duong, who is one of the funniest people I’ve ever interviewed, just sayin’.

Welcome to the Jungle Gym

This story is on my favorite art exhibit I’ve ever seen, and I don’t say it lightly. This may not be a very popular opinion, but I don’t like most art exhibits. Sorry, artists. I’m often too critical of art exhibits with a really obvious theme. There have been many art pieces with a theme that’s staring you in the face, and it almost takes away from the art itself. I know I write about art a lot, but it doesn’t always mean that I love it. But I love everything about this show. I think it’s a darling concept that’s executed perfectly, and I would absolutely buy any pieces Dick and Porter put up for sale. Especially the cat one (wink, wink). This exhibit almost makes me want to have kids so I can do this project with them, which is an unusual sentiment from me.

Savannah St. Pat’s

Here’s a story I did on one of Savannah’s only Irish pubs and, recently, the second-best one in the world. Even out of all the Irish pubs in actual Ireland, Kevin Barry’s is the international runner-up. Why don’t pubs in Ireland count? You’ll just have to read the story, sorry.

What does it mean to be basic?

Being basic with @katie_in_savannah on the first day of #fall 🍂🍁☕️

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Like a child speaking its first words, when I first learned the word “basic,” I didn’t stop using it for days. It rolled off my tongue so easily. It was the perfect word for me to describe everything, particularly teenage girls hanging out in hordes.

But what does basic even mean? I’ve said it so many times it doesn’t even sound like a real word anymore.

Urban Dictionary, my way to keep up with what the young kids are saying these days, defines “basic” in many different ways: an uncool thing, lacking intelligence, something obvious, the opposite of an acid (thanks, chem majors).

Here’s the one that most resembles my personal use: “Used to describe someone devoid of defining characteristics that might make a person interesting, extraordinary, or just simply worth devoting time or attention to.”

We see so many posts about girls being “basic bitches,” and the most resonating image of them is a girl wearing some variation of tunic-leggings-boots, drinking Starbucks, and talking about things like Forever 21 or Instagram or indie music. Except here’s the thing – right now I fit all of those qualities! I’m wearing a denim shirt and leggings and boots, I’m drinking a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and I love Forever 21 and Instagram and indie music. Combine all three and I’m in nirvana.

I cringe, though, at the description of myself as “devoid of worth.” That’s essentially what the word basic means. When you look at me, you see the way I dress and the things I’m carrying, but you don’t see other things about my personality: my 3.6 GPA, my love of auto racing, my gigantic book collection, my hostess job, my journalism internship. Maybe I’m being self-important here, but there are so many things about myself that are worth talking about. Ask me about the time I worked at IHOP for a day, or when I joined Plenty of Fish and met the love of my life, or why I think NASCAR and intelligence are not mutually exclusive. Let’s have a conversation about the conflict in Syria or what I think of post-modern literature. I have a lot of things to say and offer to the world, and those things should not be dismissed or undervalued just because of what I’m wearing or doing. Whatever happened to not judging a book by its cover?

I hereby apologize for all the times I’ve called someone basic. In fact, I apologize for ever judging someone before getting to know them. It’s hard to call myself out for this behavior, and it’s hard to think about not doing it, if I’m being honest. As a practice, prejudging people can be both life-saving and life-ruining.

Girls, let’s stop calling our fellow ladies “basic.” Let’s listen to them, give them a chance, and then form our opinions. It’s always okay not to like someone, but it’s not okay to dislike someone based on what we think they’re like.

Mayor, Council address gun violence

I wrote this story for Connect over two months ago when a rash of gun-related incidents swept Savannah; at that time, there were eight shootings in seven days, but two weeks later the number climbed to 13 shootings with 17 victims. I felt this story was relevant to post in response to the recent incident on August Avenue, where a man was fatally shot by police when it was discovered he had a gun.

Some of Mayor Jackson’s comments from that press conference on July 15 are still relevant, especially when she urged the community to support the police. Now that citizens are crying Ferguson and holding protests against the police, I’m interested to see how this situation pans out with the city’s all-too-recent past of gun violence.

catching up

Here are links to two stories at Connect that I forgot to post!

Unearthing the ‘Weeping Time’

Clinics ‘r’ them

Billie on Barnard

http://www.connectsavannah.com/savannah/billie-on-broughton/Content?oid=2478375

I’m pretty proud of this article about the Billie Holiday-inspired show at Trinity! 

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