Blame This On the Boogie: By Rina Ayuyang!
Oh Blame This on the Boogie, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
1. Rina's use of color floors me. I could stare at her blues for hours.
2. Oh, how she perfectly captures the escapism of movies as a child. Who didn't want to ride into the sky with Sandy and Danny?!
3. But what really got me was her account of childhood speech classes. Just call me Peggy "Buhthns" it still catches up with me now and again.
4. Look we have all been bad moms, don't judge!
5. Before reading Blame This on the Boogie, the only comic I had ever read that so accurately captured dancing was in Lynda Barry's 100 Demons, a line from which I thought of often while reading this book, "I am grateful to the those are the keepers of the groove. The babies and the grandmas who hang on to it and help us remember when we forget that any kind of dancing is better than no dancing at all."
6. By chronicling her love of musical theater and Hollywood, Rina is not just reminding us to dance, sing, and love but that it is therapeutic to do so. Art and music can help you escape, and both can help you belong. A message that is especially potent on this U.S. election day.
7. and because I just have to. Thank you Rina!