Michael of the Green
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Oct 8, 2015 Michael of the Green commented on Currently Hanging: God Hates Renoir? That's Funny, So Do I..
Today it's hard to love impressionism or to understand its impact in its time, but to overcome your hatred of Renoir, I suggest looking at them as you would a Monet lilypad. The subject is not the object. Don't be distracted by the solid forms and creatures that ultimately only provide a superficial framework for what really interests him.
Oct 8, 2015 Michael of the Green commented on A Few Thoughts About the Creep Who Heckled Angel Olsen During Her Show at Neumos Last Night.
Can this author have been any more puckered up in writing this nonsense?

Anyone who feels violated from one drunk asshole making one banal comment in a crowd needs to grow a thicker skin. That was a rude thing to say, but falls well within the category of hardly-worth-noticing, definitely not qualifying for a lengthy blog entry.

If he merited even a moment's notice, I'm sure Olsen would've mentioned it and found plenty of support. I'd encourage you to read your essay here through the lens of someone who'd ever faced real offense. You can easily see how you've catastrophized this incident into a victorian swoon. I suspect your article brainstorming sessions need to go a bit deeper.

It's a silly article but it's also counterproductive in the context of feminist thinking. It seems to be a millennial penchant to run around in places where people get drunk and shame people for being uncouth. I guess that's the demographic of the new hires.
Sep 5, 2015 Michael of the Green commented on And Now I Have to Say Something About Kim Davis.
@98 You can easily see the doctrine of absolution as ludicrous (most religions see sin or aberrant action as more durable and consequential), but it's useful, when accusing a christian of hypocrisy, to understand that they can correctly rationalize their behavior through the lens of their faith. Her past sins are the past.

As for her picking and choosing passages from the bible to follow, well, that's true of every christian. If you think murder is bad, but don't care about sex before marriage, you might be called a hypocrite, I guess, if you thumped the bible as the infallible word of god. It'd be hard to reason with someone like that.

But this isn't about religion. If someone refused to issue gun licenses on religious grounds, neither she nor her posse would support that person's continued employment. Gun nuts, while claiming that Davis is a hero, would be outraged at the mere hint that an official was refusing to uphold their 2nd amendment rights. That hypocrisy would reveal what is plain to see: this is about bigotry.
Sep 2, 2015 Michael of the Green commented on And Now I Have to Say Something About Kim Davis.
I'm not understanding your ridiculing of the tenet of "redemption through the blood of christ" as a magic windex potion. As a (one-time) catholic, you must be aware of this as central to the christian faith. Even if her past sins were committed after her conversion, the redemption of sinners through the sacrifice of the son of god is the primary distinguishing factor of the books of the new testament.

Of all the reasons to make fun of Mrs. Davis's position on issuing marriage licenses, nailing her as a hypocrite when she can easily dismiss the charge in light of her personal redemption seems like the weakest. It makes for a satisfying meme-graphic, but the charge is pretty stupid, and gives easy fuel for her defenders.
Aug 12, 2015 Michael of the Green commented on What Bernie Sanders Said (and Didn't Say) After the Black Lives Matter Interruption.
It boils down to a failure of security. Anarchists are inevitable elements at any rally, and the chance of some of them having the gumption to make a scene is low, but over the course of time, also inevitable. If these had been white boys with black bandanas, we'd read this action differently, and if they'd been less insufferable and less unhinged, we'd also read this differently. Given the "accessibility" of the mic and the accommodating nature of the crowd, it was a roll of the dice who would take stage, and given that, it could've been better, but it could've been worse.

Even though the media has participated in the theater by making it more than a story of poor security (boring!), it seems like there's at least a little more fuel for the fire of #BLM, and hopefully some more thoughtful spokespeople can be involved if this gains any momentum.
Aug 11, 2015 Michael of the Green commented on The Bad Politics of the Black Lives Matter Protesters Who Interrupted Bernie Sanders.

I'm certain that their vision was to get arrested while trying to get to the mic, all whilst making a scene for the cameras. The idea that the liberal white supremacist occupiers of the Duwamish Delta could've been so accommodating certainly didn't make it to their whiteboard. Next time, don't underestimate our willingness to be flogged.

Shame the agenda wasn't more coherent and that the speakers were so insufferable. We can only hope that this was practice for a more meaningful performance.
Aug 11, 2015 Michael of the Green commented on The True Detective Season Finale Chitty-Chat Club: Who Killed Caspere the Dead Pervert?.
Was starting to wonder if the comedy really was unintentional during that early scene where Ani and Ray, post-coitus, give long, monotonous confessions of their terrible pasts. Like we can't even enjoy a moment of joy with those guys, as if (and I still maintain that the town of Vinci is actually the fiery lakes of Hell) in this town, even sex is morose. Can't say I've ever had such slit-my-wrists, downer chatter after sex. But the world on the screen of True Detective isn't situated on our plane of existence, so, while I giggled, thinking that surely the writers are having some fun with us, darkening even the most lovely scenario, when I recalibrated to the Vinci equilibrium, it sort-of seemed just right.

I have to say I enjoyed the season. I didn't follow it (the plot) very well, and the arc of the narrative didn't take shape or cohere like I'd have hoped, but for some reason, I couldn't look away. Hopefully, all the bad press won't dissuade HBO from giving it another shot. Even when there are so many misfires, a novel-sized story like this is so much preferable to your average TV.
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Aug 9, 2015 Michael of the Green commented on Black Lives Matter Activists Interrupt Bernie Sanders at Social Security Rally.
Turning your rage toward the only one willing to give you a mic is probably not the best way to encourage people to ever give you a mic again. And while there's good reason to interrupt any type of rally in order to get an under-heard voice heard, one would hope that the opportunity would be used to gain support, inform listeners and bend the sympathies of the audience toward -- not away from -- your plight.

Getting the mic only to act like an ass is a terrible waste of a chance to advance a cause, and I can only imagine that they never expected to get that far, so didn't plan for what was actually going to be said. I suspect that the news they were hoping to make was "BLM Activists Shut Down, Led Away In Handcuffs at Sanders Rally!" and then found themselves stunned by the accommodation. It's hard to play the part of the victim in the theater of your allies.
Aug 3, 2015 Michael of the Green commented on Woody Allen Doesn't Put Much on the Plate in Irrational Man.
I'd love it if we could find reviews of movies that didn't take into account the context of the director's career. It's already so easy to get people's opinions of how a woody allen movie compares to his others. Maybe this reviewer is young and doesn't know how tired this is, or maybe I'm showing my age. It's true that Allen movies do beg comparison more than those by other directors, being stylistically so removed, but even his most panned movies (shadows & fog, cassandra's dream) would stand up pretty well against reviewers' more run-of-the-mill, weekly picks.
Jul 16, 2015 Michael of the Green commented on Caitlyn Jenner's Speech at Last Night's ESPY Awards.
Great speech. Since it's an award for courage, I do wish she'd thrown some credit to those upon whose shoulders she's standing: the really brave ones that came out and transitioned long ago in even more terrifying times, and for all the activists who worked so hard to bend the arc of social acceptance towards a climate outside of which she would never have had the courage -- all while she sat safely in her closet. To think of the impact she would've made 30 years ago!

Still, it can't have been easy, and that was a solid speech and a historic event. Amazing to think of so many of the ESPN viewers collectively yelling at their tv's. Even if it had to do with some ABC interview/award trade deal, ESPN did good here.