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Social media and the news (plus a number of other stressors) are making me tachycardia city all day, every day. I am going to try and just... stay off all screens this weekend, if possible. Maybe email me, maybe text me, but like... the world is just not working right now.

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Vigil

Aug. 13th, 2017 11:28 pm
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Went to a hastily organized vigil for Charlottesville. There were maybe about 50 people and almost as many TV cameras. A blessed minimum of speeches as we all knew why we were there. We sang "The Red Flag" and "Solidarity Forever" and marched with drippy candles to City Hall.

it helps, at times like these, to be with folks that get it. There's another demo tomorrow morning but I don't think I'll make it because 8 am is very early. So I'm glad this one happened.

ETA: as I type this, I'm reading of another attack, this time at a solidarity demo in Montreal. Fortunately the victim survived. We must fight these bastards; nothing less than our survival and the survival of the most vulnerable communities is at stake.
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[personal profile] theladyscribe and I saw Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 tonight, for Oak "HERCULES MULLIGAN!!!!!/James Madison" Onaodowan's final performance. It... was so fucking magical????? JAVIER MUÑOZ, MY HAMILTON, WAS SITTING RIGHT THERE ON THE MAIN STAGE???? (Look for him on his phone in that Instagram photo, at the bottom of the middle stair, to the right.) And Oak shoulder-clapped him as he was leaving after the final bow?!!!! And Denée Benton has the most gorgeous, crystalline, pure, beautiful voice and sHE'S TWENTY-FOUR?!!!!!! And this incredible shitheel character Anatole was the most magnificently tenor/falsetto Gaston-y diva?!!! And the audience interaction was SO GOOD!! The energy was absolutely electric; having heard it felt long, I was truly shocked when it ended. There were so many Cabaret feelings (SO MANY), and Hadestown feelings (since Rachel Chavkin also directed this, and cast her Billie Holiday–Persophone in much the same role), and the ensemble was having SO MUCH FUN and also they did this Rite of Spring opera-thing that was stunning and just as weird and riot-inducing as the original must have been, and.

And oh my god, you guys, I will, no holds barred, see Oak in literally anything he does from here on out. "Fucking magnificent" doesn't begin to cover what I saw him do tonight. Gorgeous-beyond-belief singing, both in humor and drama; gorgeous acting, physically, vocally, presence-wise, comedy and tragedy. He is. So big. We were sitting in amazing mezzanine seats (amazing how your eyes don't strain right out of your head anywhere that's not the nosebleed seats!) -- anyway, the cast spent a lot of time moving through the audience, and he was like. Right there. He did the walking-right-by-us thing. Oh my gosh, dude. Oh my fucking gosh.

This isn't even getting into the staging, which was just staggeringly well-orchestrated. They did this beautiful effect for snowfall, where they lowered single orange bulbs on long wires (or tubes?) from above, and I'm not doing it justice, but it just stopped me breathing. Anyway -- I'm so sorry to hear that it'll be closing in three weeks. It's a huge shame its sales weren't better, and I can totally see why they'd offer Mandy Patinkin the Pierre role, but I don't know that I'd want to see anyone else pull it off.

An injury to one is an injury to all

Aug. 13th, 2017 02:07 pm
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Like many (most) of you, I'm grieving the murder of Fellow Worker Heather Heyer, a member of the IWW (an organization I was proud to be a member of for many years), the injuries of dozens of others, and the brutal assault of Deandre Harris at the hands of fascists and white supremacists in Charlottesville, VA. Unlike a lot of (white) people, I'm not surprised. This is America with its gloves off. This is what we warned against. It was always going to come to this, and I fear it will get much worse before it gets better, if it does at all.

For a good long time, I've been actively confronting local fascists who organize and demonstrate under the thin veneer of free speech. Plenty of liberals and radicals alike have informed me that this is a waste of time, that the antifa who show up reliably every time the fash demonstrate are not radical enough, are too radical, aren't diverse enough, are too militant, are not militant enough, exclude less privileged people who can't physically show up, are secretly anti-Semites despite a significant number being Jewish, and are just plain doing it wrong. I'm not into calling out individuals and groups, but I have paid careful attention to who I see there, and who I don't see there.

I can only hope that Heyer, Harris, and those standing beside them and fighting back haven't sacrificed in vain. I hope that this is the end of inaction, of false equivalence, of turning our words on each other rather than on the enemy. I hope that this is a clarion call for action.

I'll repost what I said in the Other Place:

Hey GTA people posting your outrage over Charlottesville: did you know that a group of fascists regularly demonstrate at City Hall under the guise of "free speech"? We go to oppose them and try to prevent them from marching. Sometimes we're outnumbered. If you're really angry about what happened, coming out to shut this shit down here before it becomes tiki torches and vehicular manslaughter is a concrete thing you can do.

Also, if you have $ and are not sure which crowdfunding initiatives are legit, this is a good place to start.

Millennials are killing

Aug. 12th, 2017 09:34 am
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 Almost right on schedule, my first back-to-school anxiety nightmare of August. It was not as bad as most, probably because I've been in school-anxiety-mode for a year now and my brain hasn't had a stretch of not being stressed out and anxious. Anyway, it was almost interesting so I'll share it.

First day of class. My classes, as per usual nightmares, were huge, and the kids kept drifting in and out and coming in late and wouldn't stay still or give me their names. One girl had recently lost her brother in a shooting, another had lost her mother three weeks earlier. Her mother's grave was located right beside the classroom, and she had brought several large bouquets of purple lilies that clashed with the red and white flowers on the grave. She kept getting up to shift the flowers around, or curling up in a fetal position to cry.

The principal had decided that class would begin with a personal address from her, and so I was supposed to wait until she arrived to start. But she was late, and the kids were already complaining that they were bored, so I did an icebreaker activity. It was called Millennials Are Killing X and you had to go around a circle and say a thing Millennials are killing and why. For example, "Millennials are killing the housing market because they spend on their money on smashed avocado toast and lattes. I thought it was hilarious but the kids didn't get it, and then I remembered that the Millennials had been years ago and the kids didn't know what they were.

Something something Depeche Mode

Aug. 7th, 2017 10:20 pm
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Frank John Hughes, the actor who portrayed (lived, basically!) Bill Guarnere in Band of Brothers, posted this absolutely gorgeous photo on his Instagram (he's a very talented photographer, in addition to every other cool thing he does!). It's him from behind, just a silhouette, looking out at a blue-hour sky full of C-47s, and the caption is "Dreaming of the drop zone..." It's really touching me, for whatever reason. I just think it's so lovely and intriguing.

Some other links while I warm up to my July check-in:
  • "Want to become a better writer? Follow these 7 steps, and look for new tools every day," from Poynter
  • See also, "Mistakes Freelancers Make When Pricing Their Work"
  • I just really love this Art Deco ceiling in Miami.
  • [personal profile] roga introduced me to The Hazelnuts, an Israeli Andrews Sisters-style jazz trio, and lo, they are A++. Other folks I do not want to forget: these French ladies who do incredible things with just a table for a stage
  • How to pitch Bitch, BuzzFeed Reader
  • What 1930 thought 1980 would look like

    I guess I really feel like July was kind of a wash. I spent a lot of it feeling really wound up and overwhelmed, and did not ~accomplish much of anything that I set out to, career-wise and personally. That said, I had a GREAT time many times over with many different great people. But I think July 2017 has been the month I've updated the least that didn't involve a three-week trip away from the internet. The med fuckery has not helped, and ultimately I have to chalk a lot of it up to that, frustrating as it is. I ended the month with a glorious brief escape, and I began this one with an absolutely stimulating and encouraging writing workshop. "You have to give yourself what you need" should be the theme of August, every which way. Note. To. Self.
  • The New Twin Peaks

    Aug. 7th, 2017 10:16 pm
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    I get the feeling that this new season is mostly a meandering meditation on change, and age, and small town life, and holding onto the past and being trapped in old patterns . . . . with a soupcon of crazycakes and the Cooper plotline to kind of hang the meander on.

    Hmm.

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