Last night was..pretty major.
My dear dear friend Marisa Meltzer, she of the amazing new book Girl Power and my partner in FIRST KISS the zine, asked me to be part of her event at the 92YTribeca, What it Feels Like For A Girl, along with Emily Gould and Sean Fennessey and mynewfavoritegirls Supercute.
She suggested I talk about Lady Gaga, and really, who can say NO to that?!?
I said yes, got excited, then..the night before I had a panic attack and possibly cried a little and freaked out.
I HAVE STAGE FRIGHT! Major. Public speaking is SCARY to me! It always has been! Good grief.
But last night (after a whiskey) I felt..excited?!
Marisa was so composed, funny and brilliant..Talking about how COURTNEY LOVE FRIENDED HER ON FB (true story!) and then read from her book AND Courtney's published diaries.
Emily read a chapter from her forthcoming new book, And the Heart Says Whatever (currently reading it and I love it) and SANG (!!!) Liz Phair's "Flower" with Supercute (note, as the super cute Supercute is a band of 3 delightful 14 yr olds, Emily reworte the lyrics to be TEEN FRIENDLY. SO funny. My fave part "I'll take you home and make you pancakes").
Sean, our brave boy in this sea of GIRLNESS, talked Nicky Minaj (sooo DOPE) and RAPPED HER LYRICS.
I mean. You guys, it was so great.
I was last. I got up there, with a laser pointer (YES!) and a slideshow, with nothing written down...and HAD SO MUCH FUN. I wasn't nervous. I wasn't scared. Even when the computer wasn't working at first, I just rolled with it. I can't tell you you how I surprised myself...but I did. And it was so fun. I traced Lady Gaga's sartorial evolution in the past year (her rise to mega-fame), with school as a metaphor?
If you were wondering what the hell that means, here are the title slides for the 4 sections of my (highly non-scientific and largely ridiculous) discussion:
What a night. Thank you Marisa and Emily and Sean. Thank you Supercute. Thank you everyone who came to watch us.
THANK YOU LASERPOINTER..I reallllly need one of those things for my every day, what a revelation.
ps, Supercute will be getting their own post this week. They slayed me.