Sweet Valley High 1994–1997, syndication/UPN. Loosely based on the popular teen series of books by Francine Pascal about identical twin sisters Elizabeth (the nice one) and Jessica (the sociopathic bitch, although slightly less completely insane on the TV show as she was in the books), this series stuck around for four seasons of unbelievable high school drama. No really, it was totes unbelievable. But there was a lot of cool mid-’90s midriff action to make up for it.
Zimbabwe // Chenjerai Hove is among the leading literary luminaries to emerge out of Zimbabwe since the country’s independence in 1980. A typical characteristic of Hove’s early poems is the use of visceral traditional African metaphors and idioms.