Listening to Ariana Grande’s “fake smile” and Holding onto My Teacher Persona
In her rejection of performing happiness, Grande invokes gratitude for the impact she’s made on others. I have to believe the same.
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John Bazley is an essayist and critic from Monmouth County, New Jersey. He writes primarily about the intersection of music and home. His work has appeared in Substream Magazine, Alternative Press, and The Asbury Park Press.
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