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Something in someone else's journal made me think of this: They used to put pictures on sugar packets. I remember particularly the packets in a Flagstaff, Arizona restaurant when I was in ninth grade that had illustrations of Hopi kachina dancers. But I remember there used to be other ones in other restaurants.

Does anyone do that anymore? I haven't seen a sugar packet with a picture on it in years.

Thank you.

May. 29th, 2006 05:57 pm
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To all the servicepeople out there, past and present, thank you for your service. I may not always agree with the reasons our troops are sent to do their jobs, but I salute them for their willingness to put their lives on the line for the rest of us.
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Here in time we are added to one another forever.

-- "Epitaph," by Wendell Berry

My NaNoWriMo novel is not yet started -- have to wait till after work for that -- but this resonates with what it will be about. As well as just resonating, generally, especially as sung by an a capella group in an arrangement in which the male voices sound like the drones of a bagpipe.


Sep. 13th, 2002 11:07 pm
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I just got back from seeing Assassins as performed by the MIT Musical Theater Guild. The performance was mostly pretty good; as usual with a college show, it was a mixed bag, but there was some good talent up there (including [ profile] thedan, hilariously over the top as Charles Guiteau, lawyer/evangelist/self-promoter/assassin of President Garfield) and some imaginative staging.

I still think Assassins is perhaps the single strangest concept for a musical I've ever heard of. For those not familiar with it, it's a Sondheim show. No real plot, per se, but an examination of the people who have, or have tried to, assassinate US presidents. They talk to each other, and are observed by the Balladeer, who comments on them.

It's an odd show, as you might imagine. It speaks of the people who are disaffected, longing for attention, or determined to be remembered in history, and who see no other way to achieve that than to kill someone.

Sound familiar?

The show has all kinds of interesting resonances in a world of terrorist attacks. The same desperation that impelled a poor worker named Leon Czolgosz to shoot President McKinley may be what motivates the Al Qaeda members and others of the world to turn their sights on the United States and other prosperous nations.

It also touches on the national reaction to events such as this. After the assassination of Garfield (things don't happen chronologically in the show; it begins with Booth's assassination of Lincoln, and ends with Oswald's assassination of Kennedy, and the rest are mixed up), the ensemble sings a song called "Something Just Broke." The people tell where they were when they heard of the assassination -- actually several assassinations, as it ends up covering all the successful assassinations except Kennedy's -- and how they felt on hearing it. I know I can relate to the sensation that something, well, broke, and the world doesn't quite make sense the way you thought it did.

In the end, though, we can hope that the Balladeer has the right of it. In "The Ballad of Booth," he sings,

Listen to the stories, hear it in the songs.
Angry men don't write the rules and guns don't right the wrongs.
Hurts a while but soon the country's back where it belongs.

We can hope.


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