Can you all help keep me honest?

There are less than two months til Halloween, and I'm pretty behind on costuming.  Last year I was a cyberpunk courier, and this year I'm planning to be a dryad.  Last year's costume was finished in a couple of hellish late nights, and I'd really like to avoid that fate this year.  Except I made a map using Freemind of everything I need to do and think about, and the results were sobering.So, would you all mind if I did a costuming progress post every Monday so you can shame me if I'm fa … [Read more...]

“Even though we ain’t got hats or badges, we’re a union just by saying so!

 My favorite union movie, hands down, is Newsies, which also ranks pretty high on my list of favorite Disney musicals.  The show is about the real life newsboys strike at the turn of the century.  Among it's many virtues: excellent choreo (the dancing is all energy and not fussy), a Teddy Roosevelt cameo, Christian Bale not gargling gravel, a great message, and an almost invisible romance because this is a movie about friendship and solidarity.  (The Broadway staging amped up the roma … [Read more...]

Your daily dose of anti-gnosticism!

  Look how delicate and lovely my metatarsals and phlanges are!If you're anywhere near a Bodies exhibit, I really recommend a trip.  First of all, it's not gross at all (and this is coming from someone who covers her eyes when watching House).  I was really overwhelmed by the beauty of human anatomy each time I went, and I felt a surge of that awe again when I got to peer inside my foot on Friday.Of course, we're not in wacky old antiquity, where they took routine fluoroscopes at the sho … [Read more...]

“It’s not so hard to be married. I’ve done it three or four times.”

Inspired by the Sondheim Symposium, my college friend Katharine Pitt offered a guest post based on her own experiences acting marriages in Shakespeare (She's pretty awesome, so I'm sure she won't mind me inserting a plug for Slings and Arrows in the intro to her post).  I think all the rest you need to know is she's awesome (bears repeating), the photos below were taken by William Sacco (captions courtesy of Katharine), and everything that follows is hers.  Take it away, Kate, the prettiest Kate … [Read more...]

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...]


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