a few cultural things i'm looking forward to

Happy Friday! I wanted to do a quick post today talking about a few things I'm looking forward to right now. Some of them are upcoming, others are already in existence but things that I haven't yet experienced. So, here we go!

Books

What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?: Conversations About Women, Leadership, and Power by Marianne Schnall
Somehow, I only just heard about this book and it sounds so interesting. The writer's 8-year-old daughter asked her why we have never had a woman president in the U.S. which prompted her to research and write this book. It includes interviews with prominent figures to discover the answer to her daughter's question and what could get us to a point where a woman is elected to the office.

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur
Another political non-fiction book, this one was written by Katy Tur, an NBC correspondent who reported on the 2016 presidential election and was personally attacked by Donald Trump. Her experience was pretty crazy---at one point, the Secret Service had to escort her out of an event because Trump had riled the crowd up against her so much. I cannot wait to read this one!

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
As you know, I adored Angie Thomas's first book The Hate U Give and can't wait to read her second novel which comes out this June. It's about a teenaged girl named Bri (something I can obviously relate to) who is an aspiring rapper. It's also set in the same universe as her first novel which is fun.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
The first in an upcoming series, this story follows a teenaged girl who has been living on the road with her mother. When her grandmother, a famous author of dark fairytales, dies, the story take s a turn. The girl's mother is taken by a figure who claims to have come from the supernatural world in her grandmother's stories. So, she teams up with one of her grandmother's fans to find her mother. 

Movies

Thoroughbreds
I am such a huge fan of Anton Yelchin, so it will be bittersweet to see this film which was his last role before his death. Honestly, I still can't believe it happened. He looks amazing in Thoroughbreds, which seems to be a film that's right up my ally. He appears alongside Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke in a story about an upper-class teenager and her best friend. I don't want to spoil much of the plot, but this has major Heathers vibes. Watch the trailer here!

Submergence
Alicia Vikander is another person of whom I'm a big fan and she's in a new film that's kind of hard to explain. It involves British spies and submarines but it's all very subtle (directed by Wim Wenders who did Paris, Texas and Wings of Desire). Here, watch the trailer. This film got pretty bad reviews but I still want to check it out.

The Florida Project
I'm sure you've all heard about this film by now and I'm surprised I haven't gotten around to seeing it yet. I absolutely adore Sean Baker's film aesthetic and Willem Defoe. Plus, the film is set in Kissimmee which is very close to where I grew up, so I'm excited to see how that area was represented. I've also fallen in love with Brooklynn Prince, who plays the little girl in the film. Please watch this video of her and you will fall in love with her, too. I think I'll watch this over the weekend!

 

Other

Spyscape Museum
I'm majorly into spies and anything relating to spies, so I was super excited to hear that this new museum is opening in the city today! I'd been dying to visit the Spy Museum in D.C. but now I can just go here! The museum has interactive experiences like codebreaking, spy challenges, and even a laser agility course. When you visit, you get a special 'spy identity', too. I am so excited just thinking about it. 

Roman & Williams Guild
The decor brand Roman & Williams recently opened shop in New York. It's more than just a store, though. There's also a flower shop and a gorgeous café where everything is for sale. This is such a beautiful space that I can't wait to visit soon!