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Gawking at public displays of pain

I didn’t understand at first, but Danah Boyd cares enough to tell us the truth about ourselves. (Emphasis added)

Our collective fascination with tragedy means that we encourage media practices that rub salt into people’s wounds, all for the most salacious story. And worse, our social media practices mean that the media creators are tracking the kinds of stories that are forwarded. And my hunch is that people are forwarding precisely those salacious stories, even if to critique the practices (such as the interviews of children).

A few random thoughts at 2AM

It’s not quite 2Am.  Hopefully I will be asleep or very close to it at the actual 2AM.  I’ve gotten to the end of my writing for tonight, which is not to say that I’m done this particular project, but I’ve come to a stopping point and I can’t be productive any more tonight.  This is the good part about setting deadlines before deadlines.

And I’m listening to Squarepusher and looking at Tumblr and posting pictures of the 1974 RSR 3.0, because you were never allowed to drive it on the street and it won races.  Speaking of races, Monaco is this weekend upcoming.  I truly think one day I will find a way to go.

I’ve been retweeted by Peter Straub and Caitlin R. Kiernan in the past ten days, so I do my literary squee dance.

I think I will set up a tumblr for Earl.  I need to reserve the url.  I hope it’s not already taken.  Maybe he’ll prefer not to advertise his special status, no matter how obvious it may or may not be.   Maybe I’ll wait and not set up a tumblr for him.  I don’t know.

A friend hooked me up with some new music called “Consider the Source.”  I think I’ll put that on repeat tomorrow – Middle Eastern fusion jazz prog.  Are you kidding me?  Coming to Philly soon – I need to go.

Still not 2AM.  Perfect.

Why the Spider Man musical works for me IN THEORY

A good comic book or graphic novel is a phenomenal work of art. It can be literary, subversive, disturbing, titillating, all while being potentially very accessible.

The idea of taking a great comic book and presenting it in real-time, such that the audience experiences the visual presentation freed from the confines of a small page – that’s an idea that CAN work. Usually this comes about as a movie adaptation.

Music, especially rock music, has a great ability to enhance emotion and communicate drama in extreme measures. A real-time presentation of a comic book or graphic novel cries out for an ambitious musical component.

Performance, true performance, happens on a stage and has always been 3-D. True performance places musicians and actors in the same physical space as the audience. True performance does not get to rely on computer editing, or special effects animation. True performance provides a more direct experience to the audience.

I believe that a project which combines all of these values is not impossible. I believe there are risks that ‘The Theater’ has expectations and baggage which will necessarily detract from and harm this project. Even without worrying about a schmaltzification, the project may literally collapse under the weight of it’s own ambitiousness.

And yet, I understand why it should be attempted.

Prepping for tomorrow’s colonoscopy

Expect use of the word ‘fuck’. A lot.

It’s true what they say – the prep is worse than the test. I know because I’ve had several of these adorable little violations in the past. Tomorrow will be a piece of cake. Today – no court and stay close to the bathroom. And no food till tomorrow afternoon when we’re all done. Maybe I should schedule the next one of these to coincide with Yom Kippur.