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January 30th, 2015

To Kill a Mockingjay. [Jan. 30th, 2015|10:20 am]
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

I know, I said I wanted to be better at this then I didn't. Then that snowballed. Inertia! I'm going to keep pushing against this "super casual, short, stream of consciousness" writing style again, because I want to start writing in here but if I feel like capital-W writing I should be, you know, working on something else, probably. Let's make this fun & relaxing. Babble, babble everywhere. So this was an Eleven-Books Club pick, by fatbutts. Somehow we'd all (Liz excepted) missed it from the canon! In my case not surprisingly, since I wasn't an English major & was a troublesome high school student; I have big holes in the "Western Canon." I thought Boo Radley was their black neighbor who would end up getting blamed for the kids hijinks, or something, that was what I thought going in. I ended up liking the writing, especially how she verbed nouns & alternated between dialogue & exposition. It shares some difficulties with Kindred, in that some of the "racism is bad, mkay?" is a little "preaching to the choir," but more than that it stood out how timely it remained. The Staten Island grand jury, Ferguson, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin...the racist narratives in this book haven't shifted all that much. We had a long discussion about racism & misogyny, as well; a rape trial where the whole point is not to believe the laying woman? Yeah, things haven't changed that much on that front, either. I liked this book; I wasn't blow away by it but I get the hubub, I can see why it is a classic. (Also, looking at the pictures I've been taking, I've sort of claimed the chair in the living room as "my space" lately, huh?)

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JCM. [Jan. 30th, 2015|02:19 pm]
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I won't go to Cabaret again just to see Emma Stone, but, well, Jennifer got us tickets to go see Hedwig & the Angry Inch with John Cameron Mitchell reprising the eponymous role. So did onatopofthings, ranai, & Dennis! I was really unhappy pre-show; the bar was too hot, I wasn't hungry, I was sleepy, waahwaah wanna baabaa. That ended pretty much as soon as the first note rang out. We saw Hedwig with Neil Patrick Harris, so the comparisons are an easy tool to describe the show. Mind you, none of this is meant to be backhanded; both ruled, but they were very different. NPH...we all know that guy is a superpowered showbiz phenom. Of course he climbed around the stage in six inch heels & did all kinds of energetic stunts. JCM is 50...& also clamboring around the stage & throwing the microphone. Neil Patrick Harris is a drama kid done good who hit all the big numbers; John Cameron Mitchell has punk credentials that make the edges of the show sharp. Also, & this is the movie & the soundtrack talking, I know, but JCM just sings the songs correctly. Not to mention that John Cameron Mitchell is actually transgressive & when stuff gets dark...he does dark & unlikable. Also...it was much more of a love story between Hedwig & Yitzhak this time. I don't know, it all seems so different than when NPH did it, but Jenny says I'm imagining most of the differences. It was...really great, worth seeing, worth re-seeing. Heck, Ryan is even going again tonight. So yeah. Hedwig is problematic & important to me & John Cameron Mitchell is the...well, the speck of dust at the center of the pearl. (Jennifer accidentally took the above photo of yours truly.)
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