Donald Glover as Miles Morales in Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors
Rap: Of all the forms of contemporary pop music, rap is the closest to traditional musical theater (its roots are in vaudeville), both in its vamp-heavy rhythmic drive and in its verbal playfulness. At first glance it would seem an inappropriate medium for most shows, except for those dealing with the recording industry, or stories which take place in milieus where rap might be the natural expression of the characters, as in the case of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. But it need not be site specific. Meredith Willson’s startling use of rap for the opening number in The Music Man (which I’ll talk about later) demonstrated this, and I would have expected more songwriters to pick up on it, including myself. But not until rap became omnipresently popular did I try to make it work: I imitated it in a passage for the Witch to sing during the opening number of Into the Woods. But I was never able to find another appropriate use for the technique, or perhaps I didn’t have the imagination to.
Miranda does. Rap is a natural language for him and he is a master of the form, but enough of a traditionalist to know the way he can utilize its theatrical potential: he is already experimenting with it in a piece about Alexander Hamilton. This strikes me as a classic example of the way art moves forward: the blending of two conventional styles into something wholly original, like the marriage of Impressionism and Japanese prints in the late nineteenth century. It’s one pathway to the future.
I am haunted by all the editions of books that are prettier than the ones I already own.
Hobbiton is a real place.
RIP Robin Williams, defender of dreams.
I only have 4 moods:
- fuck this
- fuck that
- fuck me
- fuck you
I empathize with the above, but I have an additional 4 moods to add:
- fuck yeah
- fuck no
- fuck my life
- fuck everything
and don’t forget the inevitable
- fuck it
and for those who have just given up
this is beautiful
So…Yvette Nicole Brown is leaving Community because her father’s health is failing. People spent the whole day sending hate to a woman who’s trying to take care of her sick dad. Please send her some kindness today.
I was watching this today and this particular segment caught my attention because… it’s so true.
We see most adults nowadays claiming that adolescents just aren’t mature enough to do things. When we fight for equality, they think we’re “passing through a phase”. When we fight to be heard, they think we’re being rebellious. When we provide new ideas, they push them away because they don’t correspond to what they grew up with.
And then Ahmad Alshugairi (the guy in the gifset) said this in his show to inspire adolescents.
The show is Arabic (he was speaking in arabic, I translated) and it’s called “Khawater”. This man made his show in hopes of improving the society by showing both the good and the bad around the world.
This particular episode was called “Adolescents: A blessing or a burden?” in which he discussed throughout the entire episode how adolescents are, in fact, a blessing, and that adults need to understand that.