My ex-boyfriend used to make fun of me for listening to Top 40 because it was "too mainstream." I've since found my way into the realm of music writing, which I find both funny and vindictively satisfying. I derive pleasure from songs that can easily soundtrack a romcom trailer or a three-day party binge (or both). I moved to New York from Chicago where I honed my respect for Kanye West, Da Brat, Sam Cooke and R. Kelly, who asked me on a date one time. I'll tell you the story some day.