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Colbert in Company: The Takeover of the Television Persona

June 12, 2011 by

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On June 19, skymechanic and I are going to the Bryn Mawr Film Institute  to see Stephen Colbert and a host of other celebrities in a limited-release recording of the New York Philharmonic’s revival of Company. This post isn’t about Company (though someday I’d like to discuss its proto-manchild protagonist) but about media coverage of […]

If the Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync were around today, boys would love them.

June 12, 2011 by

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Boys loved them then, sure. They made catchy music. They were on the radio. And many boys must have sung their songs and even bought their CDs, listening and singing along in secret. Some more daring and less caring boys undoubtedly were fans not-in-secret. But the “boy bands” of the late 1990s, the Backstreet Boys […]

Fun Home as an Appalachian Text

June 3, 2011 by

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Protagonists of Appalachian literature often have a deep connection with the land. This is unsurprising, since the area is notorious as a rural region ruined by the raiding of its natural resources. Appalachian characters struggle with their conflicting love of the land and ambivalence about the industrial development of said land. Authors often communicate this […]