Doilies Redux

Doilies. Charming Victorian crochet things. Collars. Coasters. Chair head rests in China. Backing for traditional Valentines. How did we get from those to life-sized Teddy Bears and onesie pajama-grams? Yeesh.

Don’t plan on putting your Starbucks mug on a Schultz for President doily. His town hall was a snooze fest. He’s good at defining problems. Short on solutions. Waiting for a candidate with charisma. Or Mike.

Like Water for Roma

Roma should have been called Agua. Rain water. Hose water. Drain water. Water dripping from laundry. From awnings. Standing water. Muddy water. Swamp water. Tea water. Sea water. Water breaking. Okay. We get it. Water is the metaphor. For what? Life? Men running through women’s lives and leaving them alone?

The movie did achieve an intimate portrayal. Exquisite filmmaking. Beautiful period art piece. It will probably earn an Oscar for Cuarón.

Air Space

Nancy held her ground. And the FAA made the day. Air traffic controllers the tipping point. Shut show is over. For now. Pelosi wins this round.

A Pablo Neruda stanza shared today evokes the vast air of loss.

Es una casa tan grande la ausencia
que pasarás en ella a través de los muros
y colgarás los cuadros en el aire

Absence is a house so vast that you will pass through it and its walls and hang paintings in the air       – my translation

 

No air space. Now it’s global.

 

 

Less Luster

NFL Wild Card games lackluster. None of the teams seemed well coached or strong enough to make it to the Super Bowl. Silly rules changes and officiating. More wounded warriors.

The Golden Globes were duller than ever. Sandra and Andy no chemistry and the snow flakes wouldn’t let them tell any funny jokes. Women’s skin all out there. Don’t look, though! They’ll sue you. Hypocrisy of Hollywood knows no bounds. However. It was a good night for Levine’s.

Gary Levine, head of Showtime programming and Chuck Lorre (aka Levine). Why did Chuck change his name from Levine to Lorre?

The reason I changed my name was simple. My mother, never a fan of my father’s family, had an unfortunate habit of using Levine as a stinging insult. When displeased with me, she would often say/shriek, “You know what you are? You’re a Levine! A no good, rotten Levine!”

But. Then he realized that in England he’d become Chuck Truck.

La Dame aux Camélias

Novel and stage play by Alexandre Dumas, fils. Later adapted by Giuseppe Verdi to La Traviata. 

Tickets to the Metropolitan Opera. Christmas gift from our fils. Parterre box.

New production with James Levine’s replacement. Montreal’s Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Unique deathbed retrospective one venue set, it brings all of Violetta’s life into her room with the requisite pathos and an added Ballet Jeté ensemble just because. Bavarian soprano Diana Damrau cajoled Violetta’s lacrime in a controlled splendor. The crowd loved it and her.

Around Again

The celebration of President 41, George H.W. Bush’s life revealed a man who was a bright point of light. As Alan Simpson said in the line of the day, “Those who travel the high road of humility in Washington, D.C. are not bothered by heavy traffic.”

The Presidents and First Ladies sitting in the front pew of the National Cathedral sure didn’t seem to want to be with each other and looked as dreary as today’s political climate.

Golden Globe 2019 nominations reflect a great year of television creations. Sharp Objects. Killing Eve. Barry. A Very English Scandal. Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. All favorites in our house. Where are The Romanoffs? Best of the lot. Each episode a unique beautifully woven tapestry. And. Ray.

Facts Are Fungible

The Lifespan of a Fact. Daniel Radcliffe. Cherry Jones. Bobby Cannavale. Studio 54 Theater. Yes. That same old disco venue. Clever staging. The takeaway from the play. Facts are not truth. Yet truth needs some facts. Writing was the star. The ensemble inimitable. Without them. No reason to go. Radcliffe supplied the crucial electric current. Jones the cerebral publishing glue. Cannavale the stalwart artist. Called a farce. Disagree. A witty composition on the vagaries of life. Without going down trite emotional trails. Consistently true to the conceit. Great.

And. Not once did Harry Potter occur.