real recognize real
Somebody is a messaging app I made with support from Miu Miu, available in the iTunes store as a free download (iOS). When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes — not to your friend — but to the Somebody user nearest your friend. This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in.
everybody was kind of brilliant but they all just wanted to party and get famous. all i wanted to do was make new best friends and talk about tragedies in a way that was real but not tragic. i wanted to pay attention to feelings more because i had just kind of crawled out of this numb space and realized that i could still feel, realized that things had to be different, but they didn’t have to be terrible. i was swooned by academic language and the mirage of maturity and intelligence. i was also swooned by everything else that makes anyone swoon for LA: sun, palm trees, neon signs, pacifica, mountains, smog, the kind of women who can quote adorno and tell you where to get vintage gucci sweatshirts. there’s a smell. it smells like tires and fries and carnitas. that’s NELA. ”basically mexico” as it was described to me by my preppy hedge fund fling. it feels kind of like being in home depot, kind of like being in a building with ceilings so tall that you don’t know whether you’re inside or outside.