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Song of the Month: May 2020

All you have to know about the latest single from The 1975, "If You're Too Shy (Let Me Know)" is that, when you listen to it, you can't help but picture yourself cruising down Santa Monica Boulevard in a neon convertible with Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz during the summer of 1987... Or is that just me? Oh, and three more words : Killer. Sax. Solo. And make sure to catch the live music video that premiered a few days ago here . Needless to say, this is getting an early slot on my upcoming summer playlist. @TheFirstEcho

The Best Glenn Close Movie You Never Saw: 'Heights' Turns 15

"That is the problem with us today, we can't remember what it feels like to be consumed by desire. We have forgotten PASSION." And so concludes a monologue from Diana Lee, the award-winning actress and Broadway veteran who is seen wrapping up a masterclass at Julliard in the opening scene of Heights , a quiet little drama from the mid-aughts directed by Chris Terrio and produced by Merchant and Ivory, the powerhouse team behind posh titles like Howard's End , A Room with a View , and Remains of the Day . Diana is played by a boldly brunette Glenn Close who makes an immediate impression on her fictional students (as well as the viewing audience). She is one of several New Yorkers whose overlapping narratives unfold over a compelling 24-hour period. Diana's open yet unhappy marriage prompts a flirty exchange with a young actor named Alec ( Jesse Bradford ) who auditions for her play while harboring a secret of his own. Meanwhile her daughter, twentysomethin

The Class of '98 Turns 40

We are the Class of '98. We're a little too old to be Millennials, yet too young to be GenXers. As of now, half of our lives has lived in one century while the other half lives and moves forward in another. For us, Cabbage Patch Dolls were the 80s, Tamagotchi was the 90s, and Napster was the dawn of the 00s. We grew up with cassette tapes and Saturday morning cartoons. We came of age with CGI dinosaurs and the rise of the Frappucino. And we approach middle age with memes, reboots, and viral videos all designed to distract us from middle age. We were too young to fully understand the words "Challenger explosion." We were too young to appreciate the fall of the Berlin Wall. But by the time places like Waco, Oklahoma City, and Littleton pinged on everyone's radar, we started to grasp how scary the world could be. Our adolescence was defined by jagged little pills, prescriptions from Dr. Dre, and the fact that some of us were naughty by nature. We learned t