“And as someone who writes about movies, and who cares about the big, flawed thing we call fandom, I’m saddened by someone turning that shared enthusiasm into a weapon. And even if this tragedy hadn’t happened at the premiere of one of a dwindling number of genuinely mass cultural events, I hate the idea of using an audience’s suspension of disbelief, their openness to and absorption in the spectacle unfolding before them, as cover—the gunman reportedly started shooting during a sequence involving gunfire, meaning the audience was slower to react. We are vulnerable when we go to the movies, open to fear, and love, and disgust, and rapture, surrendering our brains and hearts to someone else’s vision of the world. We don’t expect to surrender our bodies, too.”—
The news of the mass shooting in Colorado was a horrible thing to wake up to. I am saddened for those who were affected, and shaken by the reminder that random acts of violence can happen anywhere at anytime.
There are certain times of the month when, apparently, I should not be allowed in the presence of other people. I have a near-constant stream of profanities running through my head today, and the scowling face to go along with it.
Took the kids to see The Amazing Spiderman yesterday, and we all really liked it. The storyline was great and I loved all the actors in their roles. But, I got a little extra jolt of happiness when this song started playing during the movie. Even better was when my daughter tapped me on the shoulder and whispered, “Mommy! It’s a Coldplay song!”
My daughter turns 7 on the 25th and has (very) recently decided she wants a Star Wars themed party. Now, while I think it’s very cool we’re finally moving beyond the world of pretty, pink princesses, I am a little concerned for a couple of reasons. One, she still wants it “girlish”- meaning, an emphasis on Princess Leia- but, the “girlish” bits of Star Wars are woefully underrepresented in the world of party supplies. And Two, due to Reason Number One, I’m gonna have to do a lot of this shit enjoyable stuff on my own. And I have just about 3 weeks until her birthday party.
Thankfully, the internets have sprung to my rescue. Etsy and Pinterest are crazy with Star Wars party ideas… I just have to try to adapt them to our “girlish” needs. But, that means that I have been up late scouring websites for ideas that are affordable and doable (by me). As a result, I have gone to bed with visions of Star Wars dancing in my head every night this week.
No doubt your level of interest in this is infinitesimal, so please excuse the Star Wars related posts I make here over the next couple of weeks as I try to throw a kick ass party for my kid. ;)