I’m not a big fan of superhero movies, and I generally find any efforts to appear “thought-provoking” are pretty tinny.
But I would say that Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is actually thought-provoking. Coogler and his cast and crew have accomplished so many things in this movie that it’s hard to know where to start. But one thing they’ve done is to evoke some basic moral/philosophical dilemmas and conversations in a way that doesn’t seem completely, uh, comic-book. Continue reading “Links to writing on “Black Panther””
Every so often I read a book and think, “I wish my dad were around to read this.” The most recent is “Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth” by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou—a graphic novel centered around the life of Bertrand Russell and detailing the “Quest for the Foundations of Mathematics” through the development of the discipline of mathematical logic.
I found it on one or two “ten-best” lists and gave it to my son Ben for Christmas. On the way to wrapping it I picked it up and started to read it (being as careful as I could not to break the spine). I enjoyed what I read and kept going. To my surprise, I wound up loving this book. Continue reading “Logicomix!”
Yesterday I saw the Boston-area Actors’ Shakespeare Project‘s production of The Taming of the Shrew. It was the first production of theirs that I’d seen; I’d heard great things about them and it didn’t disappoint.
But what are we to make of a play that so unabashedly supports male dominance of marriage? I saw the play on Sunday afternoon, and that performance had a brief question-and-answer session with the cast. I asked them how they dealt with the issue, ending up by saying (in jest, mostly), “How do you look at yourself in the mirror each morning?” Clearly, it was something that they all struggled with, and how could they not? One actor said that while it is true that the play is patriarchal, it’s not true that the play is misogynist, that they’re not the same thing. True enough. The woman who played Katharina, said, if I’m recalling correctly, that she tried to look at the play mainly as a love story and she was glad that while she was playing the character she didn’t have to think about the broader implications. She did a fantastic job, so I’m glad she didn’t have to look at them while she was at it either. I don’t mean to be getting down on the cast here in any way, incidentally: they did a great job with a play that can’t be anything but deeply troublesome these last forty years or so.
In any case, there’s no need to needle the cast: how can I look at myself in the mirror after acknowledging that at the end of the play, Katharina’s apparently total subjugation to Petruchio felt to me to be not merely acceptable, but happy and even necessary? After such feelings, what forgiveness? Continue reading “The Taming of the Shrew”
Will I ever write about anything else? Stay tuned to find out.
In the meantime, here is a thoughtful NY Times piece by A. O. Scott.
Can I be a self-respecting liberal and still love David Brooks? A piece well worth reading, with lots of stuff I wish I’d put in my last blog entry.
There has been a trend in recent years (thank God) toward kids’ movies that adults will enjoy. “Where the Wild Things Are” seems to have brought this trend to its ultimate conclusion: a kids’ movie that adults enjoy and kids don’t like.
We saw it last night. Claudia and I loved it, but Sydney (11) and Ben (16) didn’t. Rainer (13) said she did, but I’m not sure… Continue reading “Where the Wild Things Are”
So I’ve had my G2 for a bit over a month now; here are some first impressions.
1. I like it! It’s sleek, it’s cute, it does things. I don’t feel bad for not having an iPhone. The UI is generally well designed, and I’m not easy to please in this regard. Continue reading “T-Mobile MyTouch (aka G2), one month on”