Leila brought up something on her Tumblr today that remains one of the most baffling and hilarious things she’s ever told me about: her high school did an unauthorized theatrical adaptation of Maus. I’m sure it was done with the best intentions, but is that some Hamlet 2 shit or what? Art Spiegelman chose to portray Jews as mice and Nazis as cats in his comic book memoir because it was a comic book, a medium associated with animal anthropomorphizing. Though she says the make-up was “abstract,” there’s no point to dressing kids up like animals at all when telling the story of how Spiegelman’s father survived the Holocaust. Why not just adapt the story straight, without make-up, and play the human characters as humans? Surely Boston high schoolers circa 2000 playing Europeans in wartime is ridiculous enough. I can’t even imagine what audience members unfamiliar with the material thought was going on. No shit this was unauthorized.
I will try to curb my sardonicism if and when I have kids, I swear.
“One of my favorite brain teasers, or things to occupy my mind with when I have spare time, is that if you look in a mirror, left and right are reversed, but up and down are not. How is that possible? I’ve been trying to wrap my head around that for decades and I make no progress. If any of your readers have the solution, I’ll be interested.”—Christopher Nolan in the Village Voice. Don’t get him started on fuckin’ magnets.
Just Saw My First Electric Six Show Where They Didn't Play "Danger! High Voltage"
Don’t get me wrong, I love the song (we played it at our wedding - an appropriate and populist choice), but there was something kind of cool about them leaving it out for once (dunno if it was the first time ever, but I’ve seen them about a dozen times since the 2004 Siren Festival). They still played “Gay Bar” and “Dance Commander” (show-opener “Electric Demons In Love” also came from Fire) but the absence of their first hit (not to mention other show perennials like “Rock’n’Roll Evacuation” and “I Buy The Drugs”) and the presence of two off-album covers (google tells me one was “I’m A Demon And I Love Rock’n’Roll” by the Finnish group Sweatmaster) made their tour-opening Maxwell’s gig tonight pretty exceptional. The Zodiac material sounds promising, too…cannot wait to have “Afterhours” on my iPod. Kinda sorry I have to skip the cruise boat show tomorrow night (last one I caught was CHAOS) but they’ll be back to tour Zodiac proper in September (their SEVENTH album! We are blessed).
The setlist, as well as I can remember it (the trilogy theme makes it easier than usual), with youtube links to album tracks when possible for the E6-curious: