How to Love a Genre That Doesn't Love You Back
I was a Black girl in the American suburbs, yet I believed The Beatles—and eventually, a dazzle of other white male musicians—were singing only for me. It wasn’t so.
This is Unscrewing the Oreo, a column by Brittany K. Allen that asks: How do you hold space for loving and critiquing art that was never made for you?
Viva Las Vegas,
High Fidelity. High Fidelity
seems whitethe Bemelmans Bar,white
whitest bands in history,smugness more whiteness.
Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz
what do we do with the art of ignoble men?
lossAnnie Hall Thriller
Take a load off, Fanny. Take a load for free.
Brittany K. Allen is a Brooklyn-based writer, performer and library goblin. Her prose appears or is forthcoming in Catapult, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Kenyon Review Online, and Longreads, among other places, and her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her stage plays have been produced and developed at Portland Center Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and elsewhere.
Enter your email address to receive notifications for author Brittany K. Allen
Confirmation link sent to your email to add you to notification list for author Brittany K. Allen
More by this author
Goodbye to All That Sex and the City
I couldn’t help but wonder: Of all the self-chroniclers I’d gone to like a moth in my early twenties, why were so few brown, and Black?
To All the Messy Girls I’ve Loved Before
A white girl’s refusal to live by the dominant narrative gets to be glamorous, whereas I cannot imagine how a Black girl’s refusing the terms of society ever could be.
In Defense of the Low Bar: An Ode to Everclear
Kurt Cobain would not approve, but privately I wondered if there wasn’t space for a beloved burnished thing in my new and improved pop pantheon.
More in this series
If Only Breakups Were As Clean As the ‘Fast Five’ Heist
The 2011 film is the start of what the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise became. I wanted my breakup to mirror its action, all movement and easy motives.
Lessons in Fashion and Fatness from ‘Absolutely Fabulous’
Absolutely Fabulous celebrated outlandish women behaving badly, usually in outlandish, high-end clothes.
According to ‘Finding Magic Mike,’ Feeling Sexy Is a State of Mind
To perform is to literally be seen, to expose yourself willingly. It’s much less scary with people who have your back.