The Secret Asian American History Behind New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle”
I love new wave music for the way it makes me feel—like the cups of my interior and exterior worlds are overflowing. Turns out I’m not the only one.
myHey, look at this touchstone we have in common, despite everything else that would and does drive us apart. Hey, I’d love to dance to this song with you, all together now, at some strobelite party in some warm sweaty space, all of us singing along to words we chose to learn, on our own, but which have brought us together for the same reason now. Hey, whenever I get this way / I just don’t know what to say / why we be ourselves like we were yesterday?
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