SPOILERS FOR SEASON 1 OF RIVERDALE, DO NOT WATCH IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN IT ALL YET!!!!!!!!
LINKING SO THAT THE "still image" doesn't spoil anyone because I don't trust YouTube to make the right decision
...I need to make some Riverdale icons...
I saw this article in the Washington Post about rural Americans and disabilities and unemployment and it echoed a lot of the issues that Vance talks about in his book. And it all just blows my mind and I struggle to find any way we can all understand each other. This culture, the entire way the families function, it just is so alien to how I grew up, how I was raised, the values instilled in me.
And, the irony being that you could read about some of these situations they go through - the broken homes, the scraping by etc. and if you saw it out of context, you might think it has to do with inner city living and "minority" groups. And this is probably what makes the divide worse because most of us fight for equality for different groups, trying to figure out how to fix a broken system, but these rural poor white groups end up getting ignored because, technically, they are part of the majority?
I dunno, it is all so hard to even grasp because that world is just so alien to me having grown up in middle class suburbs. And I'm sure that is a huge part of America's problem right now because there is no way to have a dialogue that makes any sense because the culture of both sides is so different.
I had to return the book without finishing it, I'm back on the waitlist (only 100 people ahead of me blurgh!) but I wonder what each person is getting out of this story. Living in Maryland probably gives a unique perspective too since it has a large transient population due to military and government contractor jobs, but at the same time there are people who have always been here. And Virginia and Pennsylvania aren't that far, so I'm sure people who grew up in that society have migrated across the states to start anew like Vance did.
Has anyone read the book? Thoughts? feelings? reactions? Obviously his life story isn't the ONLY story of someone growing up there, but the news coverage of the unemployment issues and opiod crisis are making it seem like perhaps his story is more average than we would ever want to believe.
Ahhh, a music Friday Five! ðŸ‘Œ
1. Have you come to the conclusion that your parents music (music popular in their time) isn't so bad?
I never thought "my parent's music" was bad. And I don't think of music in those terms. All music is MY music.
2. Is there a song/group/singer you once adored, but don't now?
3. Is there a song/group/singer you once despised, but is okay now?
Nope, the music that just didn't do it for me, still doesn't do it for me.
4. Have you ever heard a favorite song and suddenly had a reinterpretation its meaning?
Yes! I was pretty young when I realized that Shine On You Crazy Diamond was specifically about Syd Barrett, before that I guess I had a vague understanding that it was about musicians in general.
5. What song would you just as soon never hear again?
This Friday we're going to see The Aquabats which is a band I wish I had known about sooner because they are just so geeky and fun. Their TV show is on Netflix now and we binge watched the first season and while we were doing that, they announced a tour so we thought WHY NOT? I mean, Weird Al makes an appearance in their show, they are clearly meant for me.
Also this Friday the contractor is coming out to rip up the wood floor in the kitchen and see if they can dry out everything enough to install new floor soon. We're going to go with porcelain tile. We figured for a room with three water sources, tile was better than wood. And really the only downside to porcelain is if you drop something on it, that thing will break. But I'd rather replace a mug than a floor.
Tim got me hooked on Gwent again. I hadn't played since it was in closed beta, but now it is free to play, open beta. I feel like I'm getting the hang of it but we will see how long that lasts LOL. It's like Hearthstone but a little bit more complicated? I still need to finish the first Witcher game. I really like the story, but it's sooooo clunky because it is soooo old. I could just jump into the second game, but I've got to be close to the end now so why give up?
We finished season 1 of The Expanse but Season 2 isn't on Prime yet and OMG THE CLIFF HANGER!!! I'm hoping one of the nearby libraries gets the set soon so I can request it. Or that Prime gets the second season...but I doubt that will happen until Season 3 starts up :(
I'm about halfway through BBC's Victoria because the library DVD finally had no requests on it so I could keep it for longer than 7 days. I'm enjoying it but I think part of that is my fondness for Rufus Sewell. I do like Jenna Coleman, even if I wasn't a huge Clara fan. She is working for me as Victoria.
OH and I finally watched a few episodes of Gravity Falls and I ADORE IT SO MUCH! Why was I not watching this before??
hmmmm...this makes it sound like I've just been watching a lot of TV instead of reading your posts...not entirely true but I suppose not entirely false either. Sorry about that.
Okay, I should probably sleep now...
*Everyone's all GoT OMGGGGGGGGG but I no longer have HBO so I'm reading spoilers on eveyrone's posts.
* Began binge-watching THE NIGHT WATCH on Netflix and LOVE IT. While I don't think it has the depth of ER, my standard bearer for fantastic medical dramas, I like the energy of the writing.It's set in San Antonio, someone has actually put in some time to get cultural and geographical references correct, and the staff is wonderfully representational. ALL the pretty people! There's a CANON GAY COUPLE WOOOOOOOOOO! Jennifer Beals played a medic!! I am enjoying it thoroughly.
* SHADOWHUNTERS is back as is my jam, Izzie Lightwood (see icon pic). Emeraude Toubia, the actor, is SO STUNNING and she's A TEXAN and she SINGS and just yes. Magnus and Alex are still my favorite TV couple. While I eschewed everything Cassandra Claire for years, and with good reason, this is removed enough from the books that I began watching. You can't just give me Mike Chang from GLEE as a bisexual, kickass warlock and expect me to pass that up. I am not made of stone.
* Rachel Maddow- always and forever. Her ratings are now apparently higher than her competitors? SO PROUD OF HER. Most trustworthy lesbian in news. Everyone says, now officially. :-)
* We also binge-watched ZOO, which ended up being really great, but the current season is leaving me kind of meh. They did away with my favorite het OTP, and now
* BUTTER/Netflix- Jennifer Garner's turn as a shallow, driven Repub wife of a butter sculptor is SUPERIOR and FANTASTICALLY FUNNY. The cast on this is perfect, including a surprise cameo by Hugh Jackman as a Stetson wearing hapless car salesman.
*THEY CALL ME JEEG/Netflix- Italian Foreign film that will twist your heart all inside out in the best way. Just watch it.
* AFTERNOON DELIGHT/Crackle- I didn't know I had a Juno Temple thing until this film. Funny, true, sad and angry look at a Thirtysomething Crisis and what Kathryn Hahn's Rachel does to find meaning in her measured, suburbia paradise world. Jane Lynch as a self-absorbed therapist is worth the price of admission.
* CAN YOU BELIEVE DR. WHO IS A CHICK NOW?????
* HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW WRINKLE IN TIME TRAILOR???
* Despite the start of fiscal year rollover clusterfuck, I still love what I'm doing a real lot. :-)
* Went to San Antonio for the Texas Library Association Annual Assembly Conference which was great,except we got a crack in our new car windshield before the vehicle even had it's first oil change. *sigh* D got it 'glazed' for about $40 which was preferable to the $400 to replace the whole thing. You can still totally see it, but maybe it will act as an urban theft deterrent. Poor Pearl, already banged up!
*Ugh it just won't stop being embarrassing and awful and cringe-worthy. I don't think I've ever, ever, in all my 50 years, been as horrified to be an American, let alone a Texan. As much as I love my job, and I really love my job, y'all, I would leave for up North if I had any way to make a living. At least we'd be in a more progressive state where I would not be worried about putting a rainbow flag on my door or a Democratic Party sign on my lawn for fear of being liberal-bashed.
So these are turning out to be mostly what TV I'm watching but I'm not sure that's a bad thing.
I leave you with a song I heard on NIGHT SHIFT, which, apart from being wonderful, has a music department that has some serious chops. I have had this on repeat for days because it is just that fantastic. The Van Morrison original is luminous, but I just love Otto's voice on this. The horns are EVERYTHING.
Have a great week, gente.
Talk at you soon.
( En halvtimme hit eller dit... )
( ...men det blev bra till slut! )
EDIT: en finsk bloggbekant insisterar på att jag måste se Maria Ylipää som Kristina! Okej handen på hjärtat; jag har råd med en biljett till, men tid? *snyft* Vad är det?! Går det att äta?! Jag undrar om det är fysiskt möjligt att knö in ett besök till i den här terminens fullspäckade schema...
EDIT2: till ingens förvåning tog jag mig tid och gick och såg föreställningen en gång till när Maria Ylipää spelade. Och jäklar vilken röst. Och jag älskade personkemin mellan henne och Birthe Wingren. Om jag måste komma på något negativt, så var hon nästan lite för stark som person. Kristina är en väldigt jordnära karaktär. Hon är varken mesig eller vek, men hon är inte vad vi idag kallar en "stark kvinna". Hon hittar sin styrka i Karl-Oskar (precis som han hittar sin styrka i henne) och i Gud. Absolut inget fel i det, och det är lite det jag gillar med Kristina, hennes förmåga att fullständigt lita på att det finns något större är oss själva. Helen Sjöholm var väldigt bra på det. Maria Ylipää var istället en mycket mer "modern" Kristina, vilket tyvärr gjorde att kontrasten mellan Kristina och Ulrika, som visserligen också tror på Gud men med en helt annan personlighet, försvann en del. Men, man kan inte få allt!
November = födelsedag = fly fältet = till London = se Les Mis på Queens. Jag börjar känna mig något förutsägbar, men vad tusan; varför ändra ett vinnande koncept?! Så, kseenaa här är den episka jämförelsen jag utlovade.
Låt oss låtsas att den är episk, okej? *grin*
( And I´m Javert! )
( Och så resten av casten! )
Vid "curtain call" (vad sjutton heter det på svenska? inrop? nah.) skämtade Peter Lockyer om hur de nu skulle spela alltihop igen, men nu med andra roller. Själv skulle han vara Gavroche, David Thaxton skulle vara mini-Cosette... Argh, tack för den mentala bilden!
Nu lär det väl dröja innan jag ser Les Mis igen. Jag fick ihop ekonomin, trots resan, men man blir inte fet som student, det är ett som är säkert. Såvida inte David Thaxton "passar på" och tar över som Valjean vid nästa cast-change (han sa i en intervju att han gärna skulle göra det, så vem vet…!) så får jag nog lyda plånboken ett tag och hålla mig hemma...
Och har jag otur var det här sista gången jag såg den här underbara orginalscenografin. Rykten gör gällande att Cammack (ack dessa giriga vita män, som styr West End, med huvudet uppkört i arslet!) ska göra om produktionen inför 30-årsjubileet nu i år, och istället använda "tour"-scenografin. Bort med jättebarrikaden, kärran i DYHTPS och Enjolras supercoola döds-pose. In med mes-barrikad och Enjy bortrullad på en likkärra. Strålande ide... NOT! Cammack ditt jävla pucko, det finns en anledning till varför Les Mis är så populär och har hängt med i 29 år. If it ain´t broken don´t fix it, hm?
Finally managed to post this tonight, as tonight is the last performance of the 13/14 cast. I like this cast. Sure they have their issues, but as a fan, I highly approve all the twitter interaction and YT videos! I saw the show twice, on May 21st and 22nd. Most of the main cast was on.
( The real reason why I love A36... )
This was supposed to be my last visit to Queen´s for quite some time, but then Thaxton!Javert happened. David Thaxton as Javert... fuck student loans, of course I´m gonna see that!!!
** After a visit to Shepherd´s Bush and Goldhawk Road I think it´s kinda overrated. Not that many useful things, and not that cheap.
And somewhat rude shopkeepers. In the end I still left with a couple of fabrics; a green wool mix for a 1830s waistcoat, purple silk for a bolero and shiny polyester brocade for things still unknown…
** Berwick Street may be quite expensive, but I got a nice green wool here. And good service.
** If you want really amazing vintage buttons for that project,
or just want to drool, head for Taylor´s buttons on Cleveland Street. The owner was a really cool cat, and I could have stayed there for hours.
As a Les Mis fan:
** I really like the 13/14 cast! Yes, Carrie Hope Fletcher´s dying Eponine wasn´t very realistic and yes, Anton Zetterholm felt more suicidal than determined during Final Battle, but heck I liked them anyway! And the rest of the cast.
Even though James Gant´s Javert went completely drama queen after the barricades…
** As a person with short legs, A0 in the dress circle wasn´t that bad.
** Last time I was seated next to an elderly man, a hardcore fan who had seen the show almost 100 times. We chatted through the interval and he was really nice. This time, I ended up next to him again! And he remembered me! And “scolded” me for nicking the A36 seat. Yes I went there twice… *huge grin*