commented on The Revolution Happened and You Killed Me
Whatever ultimately happens politically in most of the Islamic world, it won't be on the West's terms or timeline.
Many people tend to conflate democracy with freedom. This is an illusion. Here's another: elections guarantee democracy and freedom. It's been said before: Democracy will always be two wolves and lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. And true freedom is the recognition certain rights shall not be denied, even by a 99% vote.
An article in a recent issue of The American Interest touched on the arrogance behind the assumption all peoples seek to embrace liberal democracy, casting off undemocratic rule, holding elections and automatically welcoming Western values. We've spilt too much blood and spent too much treasure in both Iraq and Afghanistan on this presumption. And it wasn't just the NeoCons who preached this policy--so have a goodly number of progressives and liberal democrats, up to and including the current President.
commented on The Forbidden Review
The eighteenth century marked the beginnings of journalistic coverage in London theatre (and that's what we're really talking about here.)
-C.H. Gray, Theatre Criticism in London to 1795, New York, Columbia University Press, 1931.
Intiman 6.0 needs to understand this.
Fnarf called it. What are they over at the Playhouse, now? A bunch of Suzie Sparkles?
commented on Slog Bible Study: 2 Samuel 13:10-15
A tragedy all around. (With the exception of Amnon). As you are likely aware, Absalom's premeditated revenge was two years in the making, and the law against premeditated murder (Numbers 35) meant Absalom had to flee the kingdom. He went to Talmai and the court of Geshur to be with his grandfather.
commented on If You Say Your Show Starts at 7, You Should Probably at Least Try to Start by 7
@6. Spare me. Having endured notoriously tardy Seattle patrons at 'non-business' performances for three decades plus (mostly as a performer, but also as an audience member) when I lived in Seattle, I say good for Mr. Kiley.
Every idiot with half-an-eye and an asshole in Seattle already knows parking sucks, walking to the performance space is tedious, finding seats is a chore and gabbing with fellow patron/matrons is the first-line of business.
Yet somehow the cast and crew are always able to get there on time.