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just tried to spell it "learicks" instead of "lyrics", AMA
long post about theatre being "universal" Afficher plus
had a long conversation last week about theatre with ~universal~ resonance that helped clarify why i hate that term so much, so here are some thoughts on that
gonna preface this by saying that previous stuff i've said about this — where i talk about how this "universalizing" language implies that transness (eg) is something limiting that must be transcended (in a way that cishet white etc men *don't* have to transcend their identities) and where i talk about 90% of shows about cishets being completely unrelatable to me (ie the language of universality seems to presume a cishet white able-bodied viewer whose experience is passed off as an "objective" metric) — still very much stand
but in addition to all that! the language of universality inherently posits that there is a fundamental sameness underlying all human experience, and that the goal of art is to tease that out and put it on display
i disagree, emphatically. i think that the differences and distinctions between people—both individuals and groups—are themselves beautiful and worthy of celebration — how fortunate are we that we should live in a world with such variety in it! what a glorious, awesome thing! a homogenized world would be a poorer, draber, infinitely less joyous place. it would be sterile
i don't want that for my art, or for anyone's art. i don't want art that seeks out sameness and brushes specifics to the side; i want art that revels in the panoply of humanity, the infinite variations and specificities we each individually bring to the table
(i also worry that the move to universalize risks linking humanity to relatability. can we accept as human those we cannot relate to? does the move to universalize mean that minorities can only be tolerated in so far as majorities "get" us? what is to become of us then?)
so yeah. i deeply hate using "universality" as a metric for artistic greatness, and i wish that we would all collectively just Stop
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i'm doing it i'm writing the fucking goddamn monologue
I have bad news.
I just dropped the hottest album of 2018 and... it broke. Just shattered all over the floor.
I'm really sorry.
long post about Judaism and Justice/accountability and forgiveness Afficher plus
a thing that's really stuck with me from my first High Holy Days service was the language that our prayerbook used to talk about people who sin. (Christianity has . . . a take on that word. i'm using it here in a more specifically Jewish sense.) b/c like Yom Kippur is all about atonement, about acknowledging your sins and doing what you can to make them right, so there's a lot in the liturgy about sin and about G-d's treatment of sinners
and the thing that really leapt out at me in that first service was what the liturgy says about sinners. b/c it would be so easy to say "we hope they're destroyed, we hope they amount to nothing and vanish utterly from the Earth". but instead... instead the liturgy in that service said "we hope that they turn back. we hope that they stop working harm in the world and instead work for good, so that we/G-d can welcome them back into our community"
and that idea, that like, there can be atonement, there can be a road back even if it's steep and rocky, that the ideal outcome isn't destruction but return, renewal, the welcoming of those who have strayed back into the fold (not necessarily automatically and unconditionally, but when someone is materially seeking to heal the harm they caused where such healing is possible and also taking active steps to ensure they will never harm someone in that way again) — that idea has been fundamental to my conception of Justice ever since
i can't believe in systems of justice that don't allow for atonement after having sinned. i don't want to build a system that i would not, myself, be judged by. (because all of us have the capacity to hurt each other greatly, and i don't believe that anyone *never* does so)
anyway, just something that's been rattling around in my head a lot recently that i wanted to share. accountability doesn't have to mean perfection or exile; forgiveness is inextricably bound up with Justice. have a good day!
i don't know why past!me didn't add a little echo of the voice in the piano here, but i have a sneaking suspicion that it was because it is Harmonically Impossible and my next twenty minutes are about to be filled with Regret
nonbinary erasure, money, silly Afficher plus
if i had a nickel for every time someone said "gosh, we've never had that question before, i have no idea" when i asked whether a competition for female composers/lyricists/w/e was open to nonbinary applicants, i would have so much money that i would never need to apply to a competition ever again
(it would be so much easier if i believed in G-d, if i thought i could trust haShem to bring down judgement and justice and fix the broken places of the world, but i don't. there is no power under heaven save for us, none to work for righteousness save ourselves. it is on us, it is on us, it is on us. may we have the strength, courage, and wisdom to do what must be done)
Israel/Palestine, fasting, death mention Afficher plus
"Jerusalem has sinned greatly, therefore she is become a mockery"
if you want to talk to me about "children [having] gone away, captives before the foe", talk to me about the ~300 Palestinian children in Israeli prisons who have been denied legal representation and subjected to physical abuse and solitary confinement. if you want to talk about "[shedding] . . . the blood of the righteous", talk to me about Razan Al-Najar, the 21-year-old nurse who was killed by Israeli forces while attempting to minister aid in the Gaza Strip. if you want to talk about how "enemies are now the masters" and "foes are at ease", if you want to talk about "oracles of delusion and folly", talk about Zionist politicians courting anti-Semitic Evangelicals who only support the State of Israel because they believe its existence will usher in the Apocalypse. if you want to talk about people who become "fugitives and wanderers", a people driven from the land where they lived and denied a return, talk about the Nakba and the illegal settlements that continue to this day. there is no room for apartheid, no room for colonialism, no room for white supremacy, no room for Zionism in my Judaism. i know what i'm fasting for this #TishaBAv, and it isn't the destruction of the Jewish temple
the surreal and extremely specific experience of seeing an ensemble you just wrote a bunch of publicity copy for busking in the subway on your way home
hmmm time to choose a name for a shitty gatekeepery transphobic physiologist completely at random...
maybe I never announced this, but I recently released an EP with field recordings and electronics! check it out on bandcamp: https://weekendepproject.bandcamp.com/album/rotv-lta