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...]

“Maybe we just weren’t meant to have children” [Sondheim]

I want to kick off the Sondheim Symposium this week with a guest post by Gilbert of The Last Conformer.  He originally wrote it as a comment on the original post, but I like starting off the conversation by discussing something omitted, plus I want to reply to it tomorrow.  I'm in italics, everything that follows is his.  Oh, and I'm to blame for the stealing the post title from a different musical, I couldn't let Eve Tushnet have all the fun.  Take it away, Gilbert!As an entry point … [Read more...]

I’m speaking in Maryland tomorrow

Just a quick housekeeping note.  If you're in the DC/Maryland area, I'm going to be chatting at an Ellicott City Theology on Tap tomorrow night.  You can find the logistical details at the facebook event page.I should note that this speaking engagement has already been a learning experience, as I've found out that, when asked for a title, I shouldn't say "I don't know.  I like puns and math."  Because now I think part of the discussion is going to have to be on epistemology and why I think "M … [Read more...]

“Didn’t you ever break on the floor?”

debate rostrum

This post is a follow-up to a reflection on how going to rationality camp made me really grateful for my college debate experience.  "Break on the floor" is, I'm pretty sure, part of the Yale Political Union vernacular, so a definition is probably in order.  Our debates operated by Robert's Rules of order, but our parliamentary debate style bears little resemblance to the gatling-gun style of debate you may be used to from high school and college.  In some forms of competitive debate, you can … [Read more...]

The gift my weirdo debate friends gave me

gavel

Tonight is the summer alumni debate of my philosophical debating group, and I’ve had an awkward time every time someone has asked me what we’re planning to debate. You see, our topic for the night is “R: Heighten the Contradictions,” which tends to throw people for a loop if they were expecting “R: Elect Obama” “R: Repeal the Death Penalty” or something like that.By the end of rationality camp, one of the things that stuck with me was how grateful I am to have been part of this debating circl … [Read more...]

Offering Loving Resistance [Sequence Index]

In July 2012, Patheos sent me a copy of Logan Mehl-Laituri's memoir Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience to review, and thus was sparked a wide- ranging (unusually book-heavy, even for me) discussion of just war, martyrdom, the courage of enemies, and whether Hamlet is the worst person in Hamlet.  I've collected all those loosely linked posts here.Can Lethal Resistance be Loving? - The initial book review, discussing Laituri's decision to become a … [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...]


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