Once I collect my thoughts about this play, I'll write more about it. This play won this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and accordingly I expected iOnce I collect my thoughts about this play, I'll write more about it. This play won this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and accordingly I expected it to suck. It did not. It did, however, have a really blasphemous scene that made me wince, and I really have to think about this and how it fits in with the whole play before I can deliver a coherent judgement....more
This book is a deliciously vicious polemic against the Thatcherites who call themselves New Labour. The book details among other things how Blair andThis book is a deliciously vicious polemic against the Thatcherites who call themselves New Labour. The book details among other things how Blair and his PR Thugs retaliated against all who dared to voice skepticism of the professed justifications for the Iraq War, including, of course, the BBC. I wish I had read this when it was published nearly ten years ago....more
It confirmed my suspicions about how really whacky present-day feminism is. Mrs. Sommers talks of two camp of feminism, one camp acknowledges sexual dIt confirmed my suspicions about how really whacky present-day feminism is. Mrs. Sommers talks of two camp of feminism, one camp acknowledges sexual differences but regards the female as saintly and the male as the paragon of sociopathic depravity, the other camp regards sexual difference to be as meaningless as racial difference, i.e. a mere social construction and an wholly evil one at that. Both spell doom for boys who would like to be boys.
I might have to say more about this later. I am loath to give an book by a member of the AEI more than three stars. The AEI is itself evil....more
Medical School drop out gets beautiful wife a flat in a trendy bohemian Parisian neighborhood and tells her he has a job with Doctors without BordersMedical School drop out gets beautiful wife a flat in a trendy bohemian Parisian neighborhood and tells her he has a job with Doctors without Borders when in truth he does not have a job and can't afford the rent. When his wife finds out, he kills himself. Boring....more
When will I ever learn? I should know by now that the Pulitzer Prize for Drama might as well be a Razzie Award for really dumb plays. Proof won the PuWhen will I ever learn? I should know by now that the Pulitzer Prize for Drama might as well be a Razzie Award for really dumb plays. Proof won the Pulitzer, a play in which the protagonist learns that whereas a mathematical conjecture requires proof, love requires trust. Wow! Hallmark cards have the same level of wisdom at a cheaper price. August Osage County won a Pulitzer. That had a real shocking incest revelation! Well, fine, it's heartening to know that playwrights still think their jaded audiences in this age of sexual anarchy will be shocked by incest, but in the history of drama, incest revelations are a hackneyed trope and in the 2,500 years since Sophocles have long since become a hallmark of very lazy writing.
And now The Flick, a play about three people doing minimum wage work at a Movie Theatre with its heyday long gone. It's one of the last theatres with just one screen and one of the last, if not the last, to have not yet switched over to a digital projector. And, so, there's a lot of stuff in the play about how film is superior to digital, and, yeah, that's somewhat interesting. And one of the characters is a closeted gay, which is a tad unbelievable given that the play is set in Massachusetts, but it's just more boring than unbelievable. Fortunately, the play devotes only one scene to this young man's sexual hang ups. Deo gratias! Most of the play is a litany of slaps at moviegoer slobs, you know, the people who spill soda and popcorn all over the aisles or who bring even messier food in the theatre like, say, burritos, etc. Such jokes are funny for maybe five minutes, but this play makes the violations of moviegoing etiquette into a fullblown existential crisis. If the message is that minimum wage workers have petty concerns, well, this is just insulting.
But the real drama in the play comes when the closeted gay guy is caught stealing money from the theatre. His co-workers were in on the scam, too, but he does not rat them out. Instead, he wants them to admit their guilt, and if they do, perhaps the owner will realize that, well, damn, he's just not paying his workers a livable wage, have mercy, and not fire any of them. The two co-workers are too fearful of losing their only livelihood to take a brave stand of solidarity. They would rather the gay guy, who is in college on a full ride and is, they assume, just doing this job for pocket money, take the fall all by himself. Well, hell, I can sympathize with that sort of reasoning. Yeah, it's cowardly, pusillanimous, and demeaning to our common humanity, but that's what the brutal logic of capitalism does to folks. And if that was the message of this play, and I am not quite sure it was--the play seems to want us to be appalled by the co-worker's petty cravenness--, a guy like Karl Marx and others have made this point more powerfully and, moreover, with the urgent rallying cry that if a system like capitalism destroys our human solidarity, then, well, we should destroy capitalism. All this play will move people to do is, maybe, have a quaint pseudo-intellectual chat about it over coffee, served by an underpaid barista.
This is a compendium of essays, mostly from the pages of the German Feminist Journal Emma, about the unintended consequences of the German Law that maThis is a compendium of essays, mostly from the pages of the German Feminist Journal Emma, about the unintended consequences of the German Law that made prostitution a "job like any other". Many people have argued (Mr. Kryah, are you reading this?) that bringing prostitution into the legal mainstream is a good thing because then it can be regulated and thereby working conditions for the women will be much safer than if society outlaws or marginalizes it as immoral and thereby pushes it underground where the tyrannical criminal element prevails. These essays show that in Germany this has not happened. Working conditions for prostitutes have not improved. Instead sex slavery has exploded because it now has the cover of legal respectability. ...more