“SEEKING: Casting performers for the pilot of “The Perks of Writing a Musical,” a scripted musical web series about JOSH, a teen gamer, passionate about technology but too shy to talk to COURTNEY, the girl he loves, so with the help of DARWIN his gay best friend, they secretly write her a musical version of her favorite book, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” The pilot will include one musical number.”—
I have mixed thoughts about web serials in general, but I really want this to be awesome (as opposed to self-aware, full of inside jokes, or lacking in good writing, has I have found other web serials to be)
“shane oneal from bruunsick church is performing at NYU production of sweeney todd he is sweeney on the 3rd 5th afternoon and 6th. it is double cast thosr are shows he is in. any chance you can see it”—
My Dad, in a 1am Facebook message.
i don’t know the Methodist church to have an official policy against excessive—or even adequate—punctuation, though the above leads me to believe they might, nay, MUST.
That being said, I’ll consider seeing ANY production of SWEENEY…
“We love musicals, and we love Mormons,” Parker says. “I think if any Mormons come and stay all the way through, they’ll end up liking the show. I mean, it rips on them a lot, but in the end their spirit of wanting to help wins the day.”
“Of course,” Stone points out, “we do have a song where everybody sings, ‘Fuck you, God.’ ”
“We’re just having some fun at God’s expense,” Parker says. “I think He can take it.”
Stone nods in agreement, adding, “He sure can dish it out.”
“The Smithsonian’s mandate is to be at the forefront of social issues, he said. “As long as we do our job and as long as we continue to address these critical issues that stand at places where transitions are occurring, which we need to do, we are going to cause some controversies,” he said. “We are not here to cause controversy. We are here to help people understand these issues that are important to our growth as a society.”—
Alright, buddy, you’re really making my head spin here. Your mandate is to be engaged with hot-button social issues, which by your own admission will necessarily lead to controversy… but you don’t want to cause trouble or ruffle feathers.
This stunning feat in illogical rhetoric makes the valid point that often good, relevant art is difficult. You know why? Because the world is difficult, and if you’re committed to dealing with how truly ugly and unfair things can be, you’re not going to be showing Still Life paintings and poems by Mary Oliver.
This is precisely why the Smithsonian deserved major kudos for mounting this exhibition in the first place, and why the decision to pull the work at the first sign of Republican thuggery remains stupid and cowardly.
To prepare alfredo sauce: Heat heavy cream over low-medium heat in a deep saute pan. Add butter and whisk gently to melt. Sprinkle in cheese and stir to incorporate. Season with freshly cracked black pepper.
This recipe is so simple it almost seems pointless to write it down at all. However after first making this dish my usual way (i.e. reading the recipe and a few others like it then more or less playing it by ear, using the recipes as a general outline) and feeling B/B+ about it, I decided to adhere more stringently to Mr. Florence’s specifications and proportions and was blown away by the awesomeness. So make this and DON’T add more cheese and DON’T feel the need to add other spices. DO cook it on a low, constant heat, and DO let the butter melt and integrate completely before adding the cheese.
I saw this article posted on FB and had a disproportionately strong reaction, which I will paste below. I think, with even 10 minutes of hindsight, I can say that I objected most strongly to the tone of the article and it’s general shortcommings as a persuasive piece of journalism than I did to the notion that one should only use one space at the end of a sentence (which is something I already knew and have chosen to avoid). I do think—regardless of whether the typeface is monospaced or not—that giving special attention to a period (as opposed to a comma, semi-colon, etc.) is clearer and enhances readability, if only because you can see visually when the author stuffs too many damn clauses before stopping for air.
Anyway, my first, bizzarly emotional, response:
okay, this article actually makes me angry. The entire tone is so unbelieveably condescending and agressive while utterly and absolutely failing to meet its explicitly stated objective: to explain WHY a double space after a period is incorr…ect. The best Manjoo can do is quote “typographers” who have little more than vehemence to back up their assertions. Nor is authority of these typographers adequately established—they seem to be no more than people who wrote books on the subject, or started design firms. Do I trust they are knowledgeable on the history of typography-related issues and current TRENDS? Sure. But what gives “David Jury, the author of About Face: Reviving The Rules of Typography” or “Ilene Strizver, who runs a typographic consulting firm The Type Studio” the right to dictate international typing policy? Is there an American equivalent to the Academy Francais that I don’t know about, with Jury or Strizver as the chair of the punctuation committee? Then Manjoo argues that “We would never accept teachers pushing other outmoded ideas on kids because that’s what was popular back when they were in school.” But, unless I’m missing something, these haloed typographers simply want to revert back to spacing traditions that pre-dated the typerwriter. Since when is using using even more outdated customs the same as “keeping up with the times”. Furthermore, the entire argument that it is unnecessary because we don’t use monotype typefaces is invalidated within the very article. Courier New—one of the most common typefaces and one that was frequently required of me thoughout school—is described as being monospace. Should the rules of spacing then vary if you use Courier New? Or what about plain text emails as read on smart-phones? Since any typed message could be converted to a plain-text format without the writer’s knowledge for the ease of the reader, shouldn’t we err on the side of making text the most readible in the greatest number of possible circumstances? And why should any policy be so fixed when our means of creating and consuming text continue to evolve?
But fine, Manjoo can go ahead and call their readers ignorant because you disagree with the valid and normative style choice. (and yes, i added insult to injury by using “their” as a gender neutural single pronoun because i don’t want to presume to know Farhad’s gender, even though their behavioir clearly indicates they are a dick)
Ok, crisis averted. I feel much more secure about my perceptions of reality now. Also, great pull quote: “In editing letters for “Dear Farhad,” my occasional tech-advice column, I’ve removed enough extra spaces to fill my forthcoming volume of melancholy epic poetry, The Emptiness Within.”
What I think is most interesting about the most recent Palin controversy is the way it illustrated how New Media has totally taken over my consumption of “news”.
I was is “skim mode”—still cathing up on a weeks worth of Internet—when the latest Palintroversy hit the fan. The controversy was brought to my attention via some non specific facebook statuses/tweets—“I hate Sarah Palin even MORE”, etc. I soon picked up the key words: Palin, Tuscon, Vimeo, Blood Libel.
After a few days of asking around on this subject (and somewhat deliberately avoiding the obvious solutions, like checking out the NYTimes), I have come to the conclusion the the controversy doesn’t add up to much more than the buzz words strung together in sentance form: Sarah Palin used the phrase “blood libel” in a video response to the Tuscon shooting and posted it on Vimeo (a point of distinction that seems important to make for whatever reason).
Is this a problem? Certainly the lack of nuanced information is what leads to the type of crazed fanatacism that, arguably, lead to the controversy in the first place. But perhaps the surface level and broad strokes reveal more truth and fact than we liberally educated folks would like to admit.
Discuss…if you haven’t already skipped over to some NYC time-lapse or whatnot.
Police were called to Mullets Sports Bar outside of Chicago after a man pulled a framed photo of Saved by the Bell character A.C. Slater from the wall and smashed it on the ground. What was his rationale?
“Wolfe: I also respond when two worlds that don’t belong together end up together. That’s why the musical could only have been born here: New York is all these little countries sharing a city. All the different rhythms of those different communities is what made the American musical possible.”—
“Mr. Cheney’s heart will never beat at full strength again, doctors say. His new mechanical pump — a partial artificial heart known as a ventricular assist device — leaves patients without a pulse because it pushes blood continuously instead of mimicking the heart’s own beat.”—