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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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[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.

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.
  • July Books

    Aug. 7th, 2017 04:14 pm
    kay_brooke: A stack of old books (books)
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    Eight books read in July. As usual, stuff under the cuts may contain spoilers.

    1. City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett - 4/5 stars. The last book in the Divine Cities trilogy. I wasn't too onboard with Sigrud being the POV character in this one, but I ended up liking it a lot. Maybe the middle dragged a bit, but the ending was satisfying.

    2. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill - 2/5 stars. One that's been on my TBR list for a long time, finally crossed off. And really, that was about all that it was good for. I plan to give Joe Hill another try; this was his very first book, after all. My Goodreads review under the cut:
    Read more... )

    3. The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost - 5/5 stars. I mean, if you're into supplemental material to TV shows, this is pretty good. My only complaint was that some of the "handwritten" notes were difficult to read in the e-book version I had.

    4. Roadwork by Stephen King - 2/5 stars. Meh, another drab Richard Bachman book. Sad, entitled white man has a midlife crisis, yawn. Two stars because I liked some of the side characters, like the crime boss.

    5. The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy - 3/5 stars. Do you like pointless meandering? Then this is the book for you! Goodreads review under the cut )

    6. The Eyeless by Lance Parkin - 4/5 stars. A Tenth Doctor book where he's without a companion, which means he's a bit darker than in earlier books. The plot was surprisingly complex, but the ending wasn't very satisfying.

    7. The Kind Folk by Ramsey Campbell - 2/5 stars. Goodreads review )

    8. Breath of Earth by Beth Cato - 4/5 stars. This is apparently the first book in a series, though my notes say it's a standalone. The second book hasn't come out yet, but I plan to check it out when it does. Goodreads review )

    Currently: slogging my way through a Stephen King book that is just not keeping my interest.
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