The idea for this site came to Kim after taking the last class she would ever have in college. It was in that creative writing workshop where she realized she had a certain voice. Someone called it, “VH1.” She’s down with that, just as long as it’s relating to the Pop-Up Video, Aerosmith video era. Kim’s Vintage VH1.
Who and what are your greatest inspirations? – Creatively speaking, John Hughes falls under the ‘who.’ I was chosen as a guest author during “A Bright Wall in a Dark Room”‘s tribute to John Hughes week several years ago, and was really honored to write about him. Here is that article. To clarify, I grew up in the North Shore (‘burbs of Chicago) where said ’80s flicks were made, so, my fandom and nostalgia are interlaced. Another big ‘who’ for me is Pamela Des Barres, rock groupie legend, mentor and friend—along with her best friend, and another kindred doll-pal of mine, Michele Overman. I’ve always felt like I was meant to be out west, incapsulated by tales of Sharon Tate, the late Lizard King’s girlfriend Pamela Courson, bright blonde child of the valley Cherie Curie, and kids riding in beaters up Mulhalland Drive on a Sunday afternoon. The ‘what’ lies somewhere in that sprawling lawn, summer sprinkler, high school dance aesthetic. Midcentury culture draws me in at any era in time, especially canyon-dwelling sagas of rock ‘n roll, murder mystery and desert-seeking sabbaticals.
Where did the title for the blog come from? – The 1987 Hughes film Some Kind of Wonderful.
Any other favorite directors? – Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant, Steven Spielberg, Amy Heckerling (I love that when she watches Fast Times At Ridgemont High she can still smell the way the Galleria Mall used to smell.)
Favorite films? – Sixteen Candles, Almost Famous, The Virgin Suicides, Carrie, Halloween, Foxes, Little Darlings, Paris Is Burning, Lucas, Valley Girl.
Favorite writer? – Sylvia Plath, Mary Oliver, Cameron Crowe, J.D. Salinger, to name a few…
Do you have a theme song? – Just Like Heaven by The Cure
Pick two alter egos and why? – Jane Lane from Daria, because she created a Jackson Pollack Tribute Dance, maintains genius observance as a wallflower, and thinks on her toes with just the right amount of wit. Claire Danes as Angela Chase in My So-Called Life, for a hundred reasons, mostly her aching desire to understand, her forward-thinking introspect, and how closely I can relate to her at most all times.
Kim is a published author, freelance writer for Curve Magazine, and contributes music reviews, interviews and retrospective pop culture observation to a variety of blogs and websites.
To propose any projects, collaborations, or to simply show Kim a little praise, contact her here: mail-to: firstname.lastname@example.org