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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


Spring Awakening

I am obsessed lately with the musical "Spring Awakening." It's a remake of a play from 1891 that fairly depressingly still resonates strongly today. The premise is basically the severe negative effects of not teaching kids about sexuality - and how that resonates fairly resoundingly. If you want to read the plot, go here. The score is by Duncan Sheik and has some great songs ("the Bitch of living" and "Mama who bore me" are my current faves). If you are interested, and if you happen to not be one of the three people (according to Conan O'Brien) who watched the Tony's, you can watch their Tony performance of medley of songs from the musical on youtube. You can actually watch a lot of it on youtube as it has been featured on the View, Letterman, The Today Show, etc. The entire original cast recording is available on itunes and elsewhere.

Interestingly, and tellingly, Meredith Viera talked about it on The Today Show and noted that it is fairly explicit and frank in its treatment of sex - and she remarked that parents should perhaps view it first to see if they want their kids to see it. Isn't that ironic? It's a musical about parents not teaching kids about sex, and how very dangerous that can be - and Viera is urging parents to make sure they want their kids to see it?

Interestingly too, the musical is kept in the original setting - late 1800s Germany. Apparently they thought it wouldn't make sense being put in a more modern setting. Oh how wrong they are. But I'm glad they kept it there - it makes it a bit more postmodern and timeless - plus the costumes are awesome.


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