May 27th, 2003

little review

Poem for Tuesday

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Those of you who read The Bean Zine have already seen this but it's hilarious enough to reprint here. The Sun has an advice column, Dear Deidre, "The World's #1 Agony Aunt," where people write in about their erotic agonies. Here is one man's misery: "My girlfriend only wants sex if she’s been watching Sean Bean on telly."

That's my fun headline for the morning. It's a good thing The New York Times keeps Thomas Friedman and Nicholas Kristof on their op-ed staff, meanwhile, because I learn things from them that get buried amidst advertising if they're covered at all in the news. Here's Kristof asking, What Did You Do During the African Holocaust?

And although I normally shun The Guardian because their reporting on Israel is so biased and at times so flagrantly anti-Semitic, I was rather fascinated by the media analysis of this piece, Rescuing Private Lynch, Forgetting Rachel Corrie.

Last night I did something I haven't done in about two years: watched Jesus Christ Superstar (the Jewison movie, not the recording of the ultra-slashy modern-dress British stage production from a couple of years back). Since I got most of my early Christian education from that movie, Godspell and Madeleine L'Engle, I come to the Jesus story utterly without baggage, and it's always been a favorite of mine, which seems bizarre for a Jewish girl. Every year at Easter we watch the musicals and Life of Brian to maintain the proper sense of absurdity and optimism in the face of Fundamentalism, but we missed this year in England and I don't even remember what happened last year. A strange family ritual.

Speaking of...um, well, the Devil, here is zasjah's "Return To Innocence" -- Prophecy fic!