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And that means the first presidential debate is tonight at 9pm ET. We’ll be watching at barackobama.com/debate, featuring a livestream, a live blog, and a few other live things, probably. See you there.
I’m sure the intern who thought of this campaign slogan is patting himself on the back right now. I suppose it doesn’t matter how you go about advertising so long as you are inclusive of the younger generations, right?
Yesterday October 22, 2011 marked the 200th birthday of classical pianist Franz Liszt. Though he rarely appears on “top ten” lists for his classical compositions, Listz is famous for his animated performing style, captivating stage presence, and for “revolutionizing the art of performance.”
“Before Liszt, it was considered almost in bad taste to play from memory,” Hough explains. “Chopin once chided a student: It looked almost arrogant, as if you were pretending that the piece you were playing was by you. Liszt saw that playing the piano, especially for a whole evening in front of an audience, it was a theatrical event that needed not just musical things happening but physical things on the stage.”
Liszt deliberately placed the piano in profile to the audience so they could see his face. He’d whip his head around while he played, his long hair flying, beads of sweat shooting into the crowd. He was the first performer to stride out from the wings of the concert hall to take his seat at the piano. Everything we recognize about the modern piano recital — think Keith Jarrett, Glenn Gould, Tori Amos or Elton John — Liszt did first. Even the name “recital” was his invention.
Maybe that’s why NPR dubbed him the world’s first rock star. According to historians, women would fight over torn bits of his clothes, locks of his hair, and broken strings of his piano. Supposedly, women would even fight for the leftover butts of his cigars and place them in their cleavage; he was that much of a rock star.
My favorite facts about Liszt that I learned from the “All Things Considered” radio special are: (1) the fact that the structure of the piano actually changed in response to his heavy-handed performing style, so that the piano became a stronger instrument, and (2) the fact that Phoenix’s song “Lisztomania” is about their appreciation of Liszt. I was singing an ode to him this entire time and I didn’t even know it.
Recently, I’ve found myself considering women’s rights issues more than usual. In my colloquium on the constitution and society, I read articles examining transitional justice forums and whether local level courts would be more apt to address war crimes, such as rape. In school, I helped coordinate the women’s law group’s participation in SlutWalk, a global campaign against victim-blaming in sexual assault and rape cases, and organized a bake sale to raise money for the Advocacy Center, a local domestic violence nonprofit. And just yesterday, a good girl friend emailed me an uplifting New York Times article about readers’ Mother’s Day donations which help to found the Kibera School for Girls in Kenya. Today, I’m seeing Catherine MacKinnon speak at my school. Heart women’s rights.
Wow, the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is disturbing, beautiful, and surrealist. The exhibition is guided by somber music and gilded mirrored walls. The hologram of Kate Moss is especially moving.
Yes, I’ve always had a special bond with this school. In fact, this is my second time coming here. When I was 17 years old and touring colleges, way back in the fall of 1980, I came to Dartmouth. Dartmouth was a very different place back then. I made the trip up from Boston on a mule and, after asking the blacksmith in West Leb for directions, I came to this beautiful campus. No dormitories had been built yet, so I stayed with a family of fur traders in White River Junction. It snowed heavily during my visit and I was trapped here for four months. I was forced to eat the mule, who a week earlier had been forced to eat the fur traders. Still, I loved Dartmouth and I vowed to return.
I have officially completed my first year of graduate school and am finally ready to enjoy the summer. The only problem is I seem to have forgotten how to do that. Therefore, to get myself back into the summer fun zone, I am making a short checklist. The first item on my list is to make sure I enjoy some wholesome, less-expensive-than-drinking-and-eating-out fun. Enter: Summer Movies 2011. Editor’s note: my movie fixation is actually not that wholesome because I entered a summer movie pool and so it’s still competitive, but that’s neither here nor there.
At the beginning of May, one of my good girlfriends forwarded me an invitation to participate in a summer movie pool. To enter I had to pick the top six grossing films, the two lowest grossing films, and my prediction for the box office amount of the highest grossing film this summer. I rounded up my savviest movie-going friends, grabbed some gummy candy and Coronas, and started watching previews. The movies that made my top six:
My number one draft and pick for top grossing film of the summer is the final installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Harry Potter, baby, don’t steer me wrong, and show me $300,000,000 in U.S. theaters. As Vanity Fair says: “The eighth and final chapter of the Potter saga will undoubtedly draw crowds that make the royal wedding look like a North Dakota tea party…”
The preview for Kung Fu Panda 2 has over 8 million views even though half of the preview is a staring contest. ??? How will it not be a huge hit for the kids? Sidenote: I watched the first Kung Fu Panda on TV this Memorial Day Weekend and thought it was so adorable and uplifting.
I honestly have not seen many previews for Super 8, but it’s gotten a lot of buzz and it’s produced by Steven Spielberg. I’m hoping for word of mouth with this one.
Transformers 3: 30 million views on YouTube. Teenagers these days.
Rated R movies tend to underperform when it comes to pulling in blockbuster movie figures, but I’m hoping The Hangover 2 will prove me wrong.
Say what you will, people, but my roommate is convinced Cowboys & Aliens is going to be the hit of the summer. Also, isn’t Daniel Craig the most graceful action hero ever?
I’ve already seen Something Borrowed (skip it) and Bridesmaids (loved it). Other movies that I am eager to see include: Midnight in Paris (the NYTimes gave it a glowing review), The Help, X-Men, and 30 Minutes or Less (I’m addicted to Aziz Ansari).