The Trouble with Assassins
I just watched another admirable attempt at Assassins produced by Shotgun Players. The production itself was thrilling and messy in the best ways that theatre can be, but I was left bewildered. I have seen the musical 4 times now. The first was a tour, I believe, of the original off-broadway company (not sure about that) performed at LA Theatre Center (I think). Then I saw a production at...
I’m fairly over message tees. Those cute, pre-packaged said by someone else maxims we wear boldly across our chests and backs. They define us for everyone else to see, right? So does that tattoo of carpe diem across your shoulder or that butterfly on your hip. Using someone else’s art to define you is not only disempowering, it can be dangerous. Yours truly, The boy who wore a...
There’s been a big to-do over the MPAA with its rating system, especially since Bully was given an R rating. I saw a letter to the editor of Entertainment Weekly that basically said that if the producers of Bully wanted a PG-13 they should have cut all of the language out… Language? Is that what this is about, people? We’re totally fine having our children watch tons of...
The Lessons We Learn
I feel older when these thoughts come into my head. I wonder if I had become a father or a teacher when I was younger if I would have learned these lessons sooner, but I doubt it. I have a free weekend for the first time in a long time and I planned to do all of the things I used to enjoy. I grabbed a pizza, borrowed some video games and thought I would look up at 2 a.m. wondering where the...
Between Facebook, twitter, and tumblr there are just too many outlets for narcissism. Can’t we sublimate?
I came online, having just finished reading The Aleph, a short story collection by Borges. I was actually going to look up something meaningful and then go to bed…but instead I created a tumblr page…and I saw what some of my students entitled their tumblr pages, and I have to simply say that we deserve to treat ourselves better than this. I should be reading something important right...
tumblrbot asked: WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER WHEN YOU ARE IN A BAD MOOD?