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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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June 1, 2002
FIFTH EDITION: PATRIOTISM AMERICAN-STYLE

September 11th: someone said that everyone in America has lost something today. I forget who said it. I mean, duh, we all lost something. We lost lots of things. We lost tons of people, two tall buildings, a couple of shorter buildings, some airplanes. We all had to wait to see the premiere of Love Cruise on Fox, and no 7th Heaven reruns or Simpsons for nearly a week. Jared and the Subway family's baseball game was replaced with one of those black-background, white-lettered tributes to those who lost their lives, etc. etc. God Bless America, Subway. MMMM now I'm really craving a Classic BMT. Jared was so disturbed by the recent tragic events that he started ordering his daily sandwiches with mayonnaise and gained back 245 lbs.

Our freedom was attacked and millions of Americans lost their fashion sense. British flags were all the rage, and appeared to have some staying power, until the terrorist attacks. Now, American flags are stretched taught across the busts of our favorite celebs. Early 90s fashions won't be classic until at least 2007, yet Osama bin Laden's face superimposed with a red target is seen on shirts reminiscent of their Sadaam Hussein predecessors. I saw a forty-year-old woman on the L and she had her mousy brown ponytail pulled through the back of an NYPD baseball cap. Her stout frame was covered by a white Hanes Beefy-T with an American flag applique on the pocket. She carried in one hand a squirt bottle of Gatorade and a small plastic American flag on a small plastic American flag pole, and in the other hand, a copy of USA Today. She also had on this necklace. It was made of metallic red, silver, and blue beads, threaded in that order, in groups of three, and between every two sets of three there were big flat plastic waving American flags, also metallic, six dangling two inch rectangles clanking against her ample bosom. I was glad to see she was doing her part as an American; as last week's Onion stated, we as Americans don't know what else to do, we as Americans as Christine Pearson, who baked an American flag cake. I mean, we're supposed to act normal, right? We bake flag cake all the time; we spread Cool Whip and arrange berries every fourth of July. Had it not been Sept 13th, 2001, would that woman on the L still have worn that shitty necklace? Oh, there's a war, I'm gonna' dress like an asshole.

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Penelope Memoli
A graduate of Columbia College in Chicago, Penelope Memoli has published material in several esteemed magazines. Her story "That Lady," published in Hair Trigger issue 23, was awarded a College Gold Circle Award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in 2002.

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