Ending with a clinch, not a child [Sondheim]

This post is part of a symposium on Stephen Sondheim's Company.I really enjoyed Gilbert's post on the absence of children in a musical about marriage.  This isn't a problem unique to Company, but I think it's more noticable these because Company seems like it's intended to say more about marriage.In most romances, the catharsis comes with a clinch, not a child.  The couple run at each other in slow motion, the music swells, and the pair lock lips.  Sometimes the camera will swoop out, … [Read more...]

7 Quick Takes (8/10/12)

--- 1 ---Just a housekeeping reminder: This coming week, I'll be talking about Company for our Sondheim watch-along party and having some guest posts/featured comments/etc.  So check it out on Netflix and let me know if you'd like to link up. --- 2 --- Last week's links were all Olympic-themed, and I've got one more to add in that vein: Flowing Data has links to all of the NYT's best visualizations of track and field history at the Olympics.  One of my favorites: looking at the fasted recor … [Read more...]

On Value-Neutral Bravery

Back before I went off to awesome, wacky summer camp (a few more things to come on that, by the way), I was writing a series of posts on martyrdom, pacifism, drone strikes and other problems of offering resistance.   And it turns out, looking over some of the posts I missed, I wasn't the only Patheos blogger wondering whether you can praise courage regardless of what exactly the person you're admiring is steeling herself to do. I was talking about drone strikes and David French is talking about h … [Read more...]

Welcome Permission to Live to Patheos!

What a get!  I just found out from my RSS reader that Melissa of Permission to Live is moving to Patheos.  She grew up in a very Quiverful/Patriarchal strain of Christianity and has told the story of her journey in a very brave and beautiful way.  Here's an excerpt from her "Why I blog" tab: I find it ironic when I get input from readers and other people within the Christian home school community on how my parents were so extreme. The comment will often go something like this. “Wow, you’re paren … [Read more...]

Leah Libresco’s Sing-Along-Blog

I'd like to try out a new kind of post/talkback opportunity this week.  I'm having my birthday party this week, and my plan is to make all of my very nice friends watch two Sondheim musicals with me (Company and Passion) and then have a discussion about the telos of love and marriage.  Plus cake.Passion is really weird and a little tough to track down (though, in case this is an inducement to order it, after I saw it staged, I told a friend I thought it was a Nietzschean horror story about th … [Read more...]

Which Voldemort is Scariest?

Unsurprisingly, I was rereading Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality on the way back from Bayes Camp (specifically chapters 19 and 20). And, between that and the really bizarre and delightful Olympic opening ceremonies, I ended up wondering whether Canon!Voldemort or HPMOR!Voldemort was scarier.That's not the same question as which of them would win in a fight. It's clearly the HPMOR version. I was wondering which of them would be more terrifying to live in the same world with. When I … [Read more...]

Can you help out Alexander Aan?

I'm on my way back from rationality camp and had a lovely time.  I'll have a few more updates on the experience when I return, but I'll space them out a bit with more of my usual posts.  While I'm in transit, there's a freedom and religion issue some of the readers here may want to take action on.In Indonesia, Alexander Aan is in jail because, according to CFI: Earlier this year, after stating on Facebook his doubt about the existence of God and posting some satirical cartoons about the p … [Read more...]


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