As the Editor–in–Chief of an arts and culture magazine, I feel it is both my civic and editorial duty to admit that I have fallen under the spell of One Direction. I am a Directioner and I am not afraid to say it. Go ahead, judge me.

It started a little over a week ago when a friend made me watch the “Kiss You” music video—needless to say, I required some coercion and there may or may not have been wine involved. The first time I didn’t understand why everyone thought Harry Styles was so cute. The thirtieth time I swooned. Today, I’m looking for concert tickets/how to stake out the band members’ current locations. I think I’m in love.

And since I can’t escape the infinity feed of Valentine’s Day statuses and articles,  I’m much happier scrolling in the comfort of the warm sonic blanket 1D provides. As you read this issue, I recommend you do the same, though I bet some of the names on the bottom of this page might disagree with me.

Regardless, since every story needs a moral, here is this one’s: there is no harm in giving something a chance. If you’re like me, you might just find yourself a new study playlist (read: life soundtrack).

And if you’re short on ideas for things to try or are already a One Direction fan, lucky for you, you’re in the right place. Scattered throughout the next 19 pages (or hundreds if you’re reading this online) are plenty of suggestions. Follow the feature’s advice and you might make a friend in an unexpected place. Check out Food to break out of your cliche–romantic–date shell. Whatever you do, just don’t listen to Lowbrow because they make that shit up.

And as One Direction put it, “we danced all night to the best song ever.”


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