Peak-Jersey Nostalgia at SopranosCon, Claire Saffitz Stans and the Brave Wives of No Nut November
Is it possible to feel homesickness-by-proxy? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself since I read Miles Klee’s gonzo recap of his past weekend at SopranosCon, the Sopranos fan festival in North Jersey, his former stomping grounds. I’m not even from Jersey — I’m a Massachusetts girl. But while the piece is dressed up as a beat-by-beat report of the con itself, it’s really more of a nostalgic love letter to Klee’s home state, and it hit me right in the feels.
Miles’ Epic SopranosCon Twitter Thread, In Case You Want the TL;DR Version
Magdalene Taylor is a junior staff writer at MEL, where she began working two weeks after graduating college. Her work is a blend of cultural analysis and service, covering everything from reconsiderations of low-brow hits like Joe Dirt and Nickelback to contemporary disability issues, OnlyFans and the types of minor questions about life like why baby carrots are so wet. She’s also reported on social media phenomena like “simps” and “pawgs.” In 2018, she published her 111-page undergraduate thesis on Insane Clown Posse, the Juggalo subculture and the subversive aesthetics of class. She is from God’s Country, rural Western Massachusetts.