Review On MESS


Travis Michael Holder

Travis Michael Holder

Writer, Registered Critic


Kirsten Vangsness spills out her story with manic energy, her fingers splayed out vertically before her like she's nursing a drying manicure and her signature quirky body language resembling a kid in water wings floating for the very first time. As she navigates through the admittedly self-induced Mess of her life, she shares with us the realization that, no matter how high the piles of junk grow around you, no matter how many kitten-hating fathers or linoleum-patterned mothers or hypocritical Jesus-freak teenyboppers named Tiffany or imaginary monsters intrude on your life's personal journey, there's also a multitude of paths to take and a buttload of channels to click onto. When you're as strong and as incredibly gifted as Kirsten Vangsness—or even if you're not, I suspect—our messy conquering hero reminds us that we get to choose the channel and it's up to us just how much we want to let it take us wherever we want to go.