Monday, September 26, 2016

72) Into the Woods (Steven Sondhiem)

This Musical is one of the most perfect works of art I've ever encountered. On the surface it is easily dismissed as a highschool staple, but to really examine the work it is the manifestation of Freudian desire and Jungian archetypes. Subtext, lust, betrayal, maternal relationships and the failures of the father. This is deeper than just the Fairy tale, Disneyification of tradgey and loss.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

73) Peep Show

Everyone has a favorite British Comedy, I think. This is one of the smartest shows I've ever seen. The ego and the inner voice of truth. I can relate to this, this is what the Big Bang Theory should be, smart but dark.

72) Richard the III

There is this thing about Shakespeare and high art. Much Ado is the play I've seen the most but Richard the Third is the belle of the ball. There is a schemer, a plotter. He is a villain.

“And therefore, — since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days, —
I am determined to prove a villain,
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.”

Note I've never seen Sir Olivier's version of Richard the III, as the Richard III in my imagination while reading the play is perhaps better than anyone else performance.  On a side note, Johnny Rotten says that part of act in the Pistols, was taken form Oliviers Richard III.

73) the crying of lot 49

“She couldn’t stop watching his eyes. They were bright black, surrounded by an incredible network of lines, like a laboratory maze for studying intelligence in tears. They seemed to know what she wanted, even if she didn’t.”
― Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49

This is one of those books, you read and suddenly realize, books can be cool, not in that reading is cool but holy fuck i want to hang out with book and go see rock shows. What is this book about, well, read it.

74) Easy E

Here is the thing about Easy E, he is not my favorite hip hop artist musically, but as an Idea, I love the concept of him. The music he made is offensive and depending on your sensitivity to political correctness, just plain wrong. Yes, that freedom to be loud, that is what was required then.  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

75) The Fidelity Wars

this is my favorite break up album. Meaning that i listened to obsessively for a such a fixed time that I'm not sure if its true anymore. But if you ask what does breaking up feels like, its this. Hefner is acquired taste, I've never met another person to know of this band, with the exception of the girl I broke up with when i first played it.

76) El Chavo del Ocho

Iconic as it is, this show is part of my childhood. Growing up in the United States I had a foot in both my own culture and the American one. This show is about a homeless boy who lives in a barrel. Note I tell this to people familiar with the show, that I remember that Chavo tells someone that he is actually not homeless but is in fact from apartment Eight. No one believes me.