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16 Inter-things for 10/17/2013

Nico Muhly wrote an opera about two boys who met online, leading to disaster, while four men are charged for torturing and killing a gay boy; Sondheim toys with Company, and two (fictional) men get drunk-gay-married. Social justice then continues on through feminism and takes a stroll through wealth (in)equality.

Not quite the most scandalous titbits, but still interesting.

http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/bizarre-composer-facts/

My friend Kevin is an excellent critic and runs a blog called Chekhov’s Gunman.

http://websterjournal.com/2013/10/15/chekhovs-gunman-viewers-should-ask-more-of-movies/

This is an oldie but a goodie, brought up when sharing comments over Sondheim’s slight reworkings to give Company a gay Bobby and to change some of the characters’ sexes.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/10/stephen-sondheim-takes-issue-with-plan-for-revamped-porgy-and-bess/

I have yet to be really wowed by Nico Muhly, but new operas should be encouraged as much as possible.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/arts/music/two-boys-and-one-composer.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Related to the above, the Met and Lincoln Center Theatre combined to create a program for the commissioning of new operas. Crossing my fingers for my turn.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/arts/music/the-mets-commissioning-program-is-starting-to-bear-operas.html

We were required to read Jane Eyre in the summer before starting AP English, and I loved it anyway.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/jane-eyre-lessons-_n_4101000.html?utm_hp_ref=books

Over-the-top productions of personal moments turn me cold–if whatever boyfriend I get proposes to me in such a manner, I might just say no–but some people like them, so here you go.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/maycie/this-is-the-most-sensational-elaborate-over-the-top-wedding?bffb

Bill Watterson wrote and drew Calvin and Hobbes. ‘Nuf said.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/17243/college-era-comics-bill-watterson

Featuring a clip from the TV show The Fosters. My child would be free to do this.

http://www.upworthy.com/what-would-you-say-to-your-son-if-he-came-home-with-nail-polish-on?c=ufb1

Much like the tiresome claims that one-man one-woman marriage is natural and historical, the idea of women taking their husband’s last is not universally maintained. I know Don Quixote contains a mention of this.

http://jezebel.com/men-who-insist-you-change-your-name-make-terrible-husba-1446543344

Misogyny butts heads with economics.

http://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/cockblocked-by-redistribution

A how-to video on tying one of my new favor necktie knots, the Merovingian.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFdk-IT2cmg

An adorable show of shorts called Husbands, about two gay men who get drunk-married and then decided to give it a shot.

http://www.youtube.com/user/GoCheeksGo?feature=watch

The gap between perceived wealth distribution and actual distribution is large.

http://utrend.tv/v/9-out-of-10-americans-are-completely-wrong-about-this-mind-blowing-fact/

Four gay-bashing bastards get their just desserts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-24576532#TWEET926405

I’m really not a fan of spoken word art. It’s prose trying to pass off as poetry told in an overly-earnest manner and attended by droves finger-clicking morons. Plus, this speaker’s thoughts aren’t as mind-bending as her audience and this overly-earnest Upworthian find them to be. All the same, right on.

http://www.upworthy.com/watch-a-student-totally-nail-something-about-women-that-ive-been-trying-to-articulate-for-37-years-6?g=3

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