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New Pop Culture Beast Writer: Kari Tervo
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Sept. 18, 2013 12:01 a.m.

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Hi, I’m Kari Tervo. I’m a new writer here at Pop Culture
Beast. I’d like to introduce myself. Hi!
Writing for Pop Culture Beast is going to be an adventure. The
pop culture landscape is constantly changing. New movies! Songs! Books! Games! Magazines!
Hot people, places, things! People we know well doing dumb things, and people
we’ve never heard of til now doing cool things! And then there are all the
ideas that emerge from that delightful pop culture mess. What does it all mean? I’m here to review and react to
pop culture happenings, current and classic. With so many talented (and
ridiculous) people on this planet, I think it’s going to be a good time.
I wasn’t always into pop culture. I focused pretty much only
on books. Then when I was in grad school, I found myself saying a lot of things
like, “I’m studying the endophenotypic characteristics of people in the
schizophrenia prodrome.” First of all, what? Second of all, that’s not chatter
you enjoy over a Miller Lite. I wanted to relate to people better, so I started
picking up Us and People. I started trolling TMZ and
rolling my eyes at Perez Hilton. And I started having better social discussions,
because pop culture helped me relate to almost anyone (except that researcher who said she’d never heard of Friends, but if that’s the case, it’s
probably for the better). Everyone knows who Lady Gaga is. Most people know
Paula Deen is trying to emerge from a scandal. Many people have read Harry Potter, or saw the latest summer
blockbuster. And we all adore Anderson Cooper’s giggle!
Pop culture brings people together, and I love it.
But, pop culture is pretty broad. What am I into? For music,
I primarily like EDM and hip-hop. My movie tastes trend to documentaries, but I
like the occasional hit or quirky indie, too. I subscribe to Entertainment Weekly and Wired. I'm also into zines, those DIY magazines. The last book I read was a
delightful Carl Hiaasen, “Nature Girl.” I'm pretty into comedy. And I love, love, love celebrities. I’m
from rural Michigan, so they’re like unicorns to me. One time I was in the pit
at American Idol, and Ryan Seacrest brushed my shoulder as he walked by. I
swooned, and like the time Davy Jones gave Marcia Brady a peck on the cheek, I
told myself I would never wash my shoulder again. Ryan Seacrest’s pixie dust is
no longer on my person, but I still have a fresh-faced and giddy view on
celebrities. Sometimes I get mad at them. You’ll see!
I hope you’re as excited as I am about this great Pop
Culture Beast adventure we’re on. Check back frequently, and come on by and sit
for a spell! Bring your own recommendations and reactions. I need help
navigating this wonderful world. We’re talking pop culture, baby. And it’s a

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