From "Lessons of the Montreal Massacre: Why women must fight to be what they want" by Catherine Porter, 2009-12-05:
"At the time, I thought to be a feminist meant you had to be militant," says [Nathalie] Provost, who today is overworked and feeling skittish as the anniversary approaches. She was the young woman who, from her hospital bed a couple days later, urged Canadian girls to not be frightened by the event and to pursue engineering careers. She was also my introduction to feminism in life, not just theory. And to the concept that the personal is political.
"I realized many years later that in my life and actions, of course I was a feminist. I was a woman studying engineering and I held my head up."
The play is two Chekov stories about love and loss, somewhat intertwined. The characters would talk about a story and then go into that story and become it. No intermission. The title refers to a description of a character who built walls around himself.
The man is not large -- and his age is not what you notice first. His face has lines -- he must be near 70 -- but he still moves as if he were in Six by Sinatra, decades ago. Graceful, smooth, not one muscle out of control. What struck me is how much he resembled Anthony Stewart Head playing Giles, in Buffy -- but ASH is more than six foot, and if MB is even 5'9" I'd be shocked. He is fineboned, delicately boned almost, and his hands are small with blunt-ended fingers. Graceful doesn't even begin to cover it. And he did the physical work -- the dancing, the moving (lying down onstage and *rolling* himself into a coat so when he stood he was wearing it.) At one point he fell downstairs backward, a controlled fall, slow-motion.
But the acting was superb. He went from being this guy who was talking with co-workers about some people he knew to being a shy, middle-aged teacher of Greek at a private boys' school, who fell for the exuberant sister of a new fellow teacher, who was ridiculed for this and died of embarrassment and shame. And then he became a farmer who fell in love gradually with the wife of a neighbor, until the neighbor's family moved away and he had to tell her goodbye at the train.
One of the features of this production was a lot of multimedia. Lots of video, on television (the thoughts of the Greek teacher) in a small alcove full of books and a pull-down bed; moving images projected on screens behind the actors that showed the same movements the actors were doing -- but instead of being on the mostly bare stage, were in realistic settings, like a room, a party, a stairwell. And we saw those at the same time as the actors were making these movements, so it was always a mental question of what was real, whether the film or the actors.
A lot of tenderness, a lot of care-taking in the acting, a lot of precise motion and physical acting. It is obvious that Baryshnikov has been working with movement for about 60+ years; it is obvious that he is still in fine shape. If he is not doing grand jetes now, it does not seem to be because he cannot but because it doesn't fit with what is going on onstage. He still has that intensity that he had in White Nights; if the fires are banked under a grayed roof, they still burn brightly.
No, I've never been involved in sex work, buying or selling, and this still makes me angry. You know why? Because while the authorities are dealing with it by carrying out this sort of raid on those who aren't even breaking the law, then at best we live in a society that shoots its wounded. And whatever your views for or against the morality of these women's work, you and I are implicated in the violence if we turn a blind eye.
Don't pass by on the other side. Share and raise your voice. Thank you.
I love all the digital manips (as long as they don't get reblogged too many times) and I LOVE that Orlando Jones plays. (Hence, my Irving icon. Also, he looks a little perturbed there.) It strikes me as an awkward way to disseminate fic. But it's the discussions that really scare me.( Read more... )
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"We had some really strange conversations, with her explaining what these composers were trying to do and me trying to explain what consciousness was; but it was surprising how often the two completely different things came together and turned out to be related. The neat thing about ideas is the way they keep doing that." -- Owen Griffiths, narrator/protagonist of Very Far Away from Anywhere Else by Ursula K. LeGuin (1976, Antheneum Publishers, New York, NY; ISBN 0-553-20081-X)
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This month's theme is "angels and deities." A new prompter or new sponsor means an extra freebie poem is posted for all. Go feed the fiiiiish!
Which brings me to this (and here is the url, if the link does not work: http://clamchowdermusic.com/list_clam.h
If you like good four- or five-part music, old-time sea chanteys, Celtic songs, and just wonderful folk music, please go here, download a few and send in a few dollars. Every bit of it will go to John -- none to the band. And the music is well worth the price.
Thanx to Dale K. Hanes on Facebook
( Sick After Sick )
So yah, that wasn't fun. Wednesday I was able to go back to work and eat normally, but from there I went straight to NJ for Turkey Day. My immediate family picked up some nice gf options for me, and at the extended-family party on Turkey Day proper my aunt who has Celiac came out so there were more gf options. Another relative mentioned that Askhenazi Jewish ppl and Irish ppl both have high rates of Celiac, and since that's all of my genetic heritage on Dad's side things make a bit of sense. And then came all the family gossip on old age, estates, etc, and now I freaked out enough to want to start investing my extra $$ more aggressively in 2014. Yay?
And then Black Friday happened, and I participated, but I don't thing going to a NJ craft store on Friday afternoon was so heinous. We drove past the malls, very glad we weren't involved in that craziness. And I picked up materials for *making* presents, so my conscience is clear.
And the BPAL binge happened. ( In which I can't tell if I have a problem... )
On the other hand, comparing hoarding BPAL to hoarding fabric has made me reframe my costuming plans a bit. In that I'm not sure I want to buy fabric and sew it anymore. Or tackle the giant costume plan I had for DCon. But I've also been sick for all of November, after a crazy sewing binge, so Ima give it a few more months. At least I'm sticking to my plan to not buy new fabric until after January. May take out a jacket pattern during Winter Break, or not, will see. I think sewing is something I should only do in the summer, when its too hot outside to think straight anyway.
A couple weeks ago I had the sudden, serious notion to sell all of my jewelry supplies on Etsy and cash-out of the business. Of course, that would be as much energy as making and selling my own jewerly, so probably won't happen any time soon. But the thought popped up. If someday I have the energy for jewelry again, but I still don't actually want to make any, then I may start working on that. Again, I've been sick for weeks, and I tend to make life-cuts when I feel stuck and frustrated like this. Usually its low key, like throwing out clothes that don't fit me, or empty bottles of hair products under the sink. I hesitate before shutting down a business that took years of my life (and a TON of credit card debt :-P) tho.
That reminds me, I finally cleaned up the bathroom this weekend. Tossed a ton of recyclables and took out a shelving thing that wasn't working in the space. It will live on the balcony until I figure out what to do with it. So that's good. Unfortunately, after the normal weekend chores were done that took up the last of my energy. So I had just enough spoons to overspend my spoons. Thus, I don't feel that much better today than I did for most of November. But I do feel a little better. And November is over, lets see if December is healthier.
And my Dad was nice enough to take the rest of my Discardia bin back to NJ with him, where charity groups will pick stuff up from their house when called. So I've got that little 1.5 x 2.5 bit of floor space back again, which is bigger than you'd think in such a tiny apartment. So the Chantry feels a bit neater overall this week. And I smudged with a nice incense blend I made up, cleansing and protecting. Never used sage before and I have definitely been missing out :-)
While I accomplished many home-things over the weekend (I don't think I've ever crossed out all but one thing on my wknd to-do list, OMG, no wonder I'm tired now) I was very frustrated that I didn't *go out* to do anything. But again, sick for weeks. And Saturday my tummy started trying to reestablish its boundaries and... urgh. So it was probably for the best that I stayed in.
This week, assuming I start getting some spoons back, I'd like to do some of that going-out other ppl talk about. I'm bad at organizing things, so I may default to an improv night. I'd really like to finally see Thor 2, so I might do that right after work on Thursday and then go to SFC after. Or maybe something else will come up. Its weird tho, the events page on my FB account is pretty thin for December, which everyone always says is overbooked.
Sadly this month's Browncoats is a holiday party on LI, so between the tired and the gluten I'm not going to make it. But an old pagan buddy is having her Yule party in the West Village, so that will be nice. There will probably be more holiday parties eventually, but sadly I can't do one of my own anymore. Its just too much work and not enough space. But I do get a solid two weeks off for Winter Break, so I hope I'm healthy enough to go to other ppl's parties this year.
Was looking over con plans for 2014, and after the PA trip earlier this month I'm not sure of ALL THE CONS is such a great idea now. On the other hand, I was already a bit sick when I went to PA. I'm already booked and paid for Arisia, so that's a go. And I'm still leaning towards Dexcon in July, even tho I tend to be sick on 7/4 (then again, I'm *home* on 7/4). So if I just add those to the year, that's three times more cons than usual. Otherwise, I think it might be more worth it to just make an effort to be more social and geeky in NYC, where I know all of my gluten-challanged food options, and I already have a train ticket and a place to sleep.
Maybe that would be a good re-framing exercise. "Am I too tired to go to this thing that's out of the house tonite/this weekend? Well, would it be more or less taxing than going to a new convention in another state?"
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I don't have the time/energy/$ to mail them to anyone.
However: if you live in the DC metro area and would like to take a look through them before they go, comment here (comments screened) and we will set up a time when you can come, look through them and take what you like. I would rather see fannish material go to a good home than to the trashcan or Value Village -- but I need the bookshelf space, honestly. And these are things I am unlikely to watch again, or that I can watch via other media.