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GussieK

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  1. Can we discuss Taming of the Shrew next LOL? Seriously, in a college Shakespeare class (in the 70s at a women's college), the prof tried to present the ending as a secret alliance between the two instead of an abusive relationship. This seemed to be a revisionist history, given the times.
  2. I rewatched Carousel the other night for the first time in a while, before all these posts. I always struggle with the content, given our modern perspective, but I love the music and acting. I choose to see it as a tragic opera, where it a given that some characters are not redeemable. For example, I got to see a wonderful Off Broadway performance of Carmen Jones a couple of years ago, and it occurred to me for the first time just how much the character of Carmen has no redeeming value. Also for the first time, I looked at the original Liliom script, so I could see where the ideas came fr
  3. GussieK

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    I have a whole bunch of things to say about the Alec Baldwin situation. Wow. Ive been a fan of his for many years, since I saw him on a daytime soap, The Doctors. I also have enjoyed him on The Match Game. I once saw him about 20 years ago wandering around alone at an Upper West Side street fair on Father’s Day. I felt so bad for him, and it was before the infamous phone call, but with knowledge of his acrimonious divorce. He can be a jerk, but he also has depth. He has reconciled with his now adult daughter, who is publicly supporting him, along with the family of the deceased. I be
  4. I thought the son seemed hinky at the beginning but I wasn’t expecting the vigilante action. It seemed totally contrary to what his father would have wanted.
  5. I did not realize there was an episode last night. Have to catch up. I think my cable company was giving wrong info.
  6. Oh, yes, those were a real staple of our childhoods, and the AIDS crisis did indeed end that product.
  7. They shifted focus a bit in the 70s, 80s and 90s. You should Google the famous feminist sit in at Ladies' Home Journal. I was in high school at the time.
  8. I worked at LHJ too! Remember Can This Marriage Be Saved? We used to have short stories and a long book excerpt. I loved working at the women’s magazines. We would get to eat all the rejects from the test kitchen. I grew up reading these magazines and it was like a dream come true. But we also relied on a lot of troubling stereotypes. It was somewhat schizophrenic, as we were always telling people how to be strong women but also how to not gain any weight at Christmas. The whole field was dying when I left in the 90s.
  9. I was really appalled when he said he had never even met Paula Jones. I didn't remember that detail.
  10. Forty years ago, when I was a junior copy editor at Redbook, our boss was a really old-school prescriptivist. This was one of her pettest peeves. I really didn't care, but I had to follow her rules. I believe that usage had become the more accepted one even back then. She had one that gets me to this day. If a writer wrote even in a fiction story (yes, remember when women's magazines published fiction?) "we turned on the television," Polly would change it to "we turned on television," which sounded unnatural. Especially in fiction, you should just allow an idiom, and the idiom is tha
  11. This is one of my favorite features. It makes it easy to add the period, and since I'm used to doing it anyway, I love it.
  12. Nobody understands free rein. So they write free reign. I can understand why. I think regime has become accepted use, as it’s so prevalent.
  13. I still do it. It’s so ingrained in my typing muscles.
  14. Yes, that’s exactly what they were describing. I think I will have to watch it now. These AMC shows are well done and fun to watch. They either remind you of things you enjoyed or point you at new things to watch.
  15. Can west coasters watch the show live at 8:30?
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