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Season of Revival

Season of Revival

Roseanne and Jesus Christ Superstar I was a college student in Cleveland, Mississippi when Roseanne premiered in 1988. My friends and I watched it most weeks. We thought it was funny and irreverent. I particularly loved Jackie, played by the talented Laurie Metcalf. Jackie was always searching for something better—a better job, a better boyfriend, a better life. We were supposed to see Roseanne as the more well-adjusted sibling. After all, she owned a home and she was married with…

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Activism is the New Black

Activism is the New Black

I’m not big on awards shows or red carpet frippery. I like a pretty dress as much as the next person, but I grow bored by long discussions of hemlines or necklines or jewelry. All of this is to say that I didn’t see much of the Golden Globes broadcast this weekend, though I later read Oprah’s speech and saw a clip of Natalie Portman delivering her dead perfect “all-male nominees” stab while presenting the Best Director category. I don’t…

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I Need a New Story in the New Year

I Need a New Story in the New Year

Do you think we are being pranked? Is it possible that we are currently embroiled in some sort of elaborate and absurd political theater? Maybe in 2018 someone will pull back the curtain and reveal that 2017 was one big joke. I mean, who could have predicted that a horse-riding, gun-toting, mall creep would be a legitimate Senate candidate in 2017? Or that the current presidential administration would produce more guilty pleas and cooperating witnesses than a season of Law…

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We Must Stop Protecting the Monsters

We Must Stop Protecting the Monsters

My husband and I are currently watching the multi-part documentary The Keepers on Netflix. It is hard to watch, even harder to stop watching. We are four episodes in. If you aren’t familiar with the story, it begins with the unsolved murder of a young nun, who was a popular teacher at a Catholic girls school in Baltimore in the late 1960s. As the story unfolds, we learn one of the priests at the school regularly abuses the students. It gets…

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Saints, Devils, and the Power of Work

Saints, Devils, and the Power of Work

On the day after Christmas, my husband, my mother, and I went to a nearby theater for a matinee of La La Land. On Christmas Eve we’d attended a live performance of the musical Finding Neverland, the story behind the story of Peter Pan. So a movie musical homage to Hollywood seemed like the perfect capper to our holiday entertainment. Plus, we were craving popcorn. Alas, it was not to be. Everyone, it seems, had the same idea. The movie was sold out all day long….

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