Fangirl Friday, June 14, 2019
I’m not even going to say I’m back because who the fuck knows, life is fleeting and time is an illusion, blah, blah, blah, but the complete truth is, I was in a job for about 4 years where I was definitely creatively stifled and it basically shut down any real ability to be consistent about any creative project and I’m only now slightly getting over it and willing to open up my wings again and try. It sucks because there have been so many things I’ve wanted to do and write about (hello, I watched about 16 million seasons of Housewives since I last posted anything!), and it’s all just been stuck swirling. I have multiple ideas for podcasts, since it is my favourite creative medium, currently, and they remain unformed. Emotionally, I’m a bit all over the place, but that seems to be a consistent thing for me, just looking back over the personal posts I’ve put up here over the years (yay, consistency… in the one thing I would love to change!).
Anyway, I liked some things this week.
Musical of the Week
I haven’t seen Hadestown yet, nor will I likely be able to for awhile since the Broadway to Mirvish transition usually takes about 2 years (and sometimes longer, I mean we STILL haven’t gotten Hamilton and it’s been five fucking years), but for now, the soundtrack can keep me company. I haven’t heard anything like it in a long time, and though I’m hardly the Broadway expert I tout myself to be (let’s be real, I tend to follow the pack on what’s popular and what’s present on Tumblr), the uniqueness of the lyrics and songs and genre of the songs seems so different to anything I’ve experienced lately. It has tinges of Spring Awakening meets Leonard Cohen cum folk opera and I can sit all day only listening to the melancholic twangs and letting the story of Orpheus and Eurydice wash over me. Granted, I haven’t listened to much of the other recently Tony-nominated musicals that came out this year, (I look forward to eventually diving into the Oklahoma that fucks, as Louis Peitzman puts it), but I can see Hadestown staying in rotation for awhile.
I unfortunately can’t seem to find their Tony performance online but here’s a small taste:
TV Show of the Week
I haven’t really had a television show obsession recently, other than a brief dabble into Smash, where I watched both seasons in short succession alongside two recap podcasts, and that was a truly beautiful two weeks. I also took great joy in watching Good Omens, a story I wanted told on the big/small screen ever since I read it in 2009 and blew my mind, but that I watched in small chunks and didn’t devour like the tiny fandom demon that I am.
Now Love Island on the other hand, though it is a slow burn in terms of my consumption (I may go weeks without watching an episode), still stokes a fire in me in terms of my desire to watch hot idiots get tan and fight for love and maybe money and maybe not to get eliminated, but I am honestly still not entirely sure of the rules. All I know is that these hot idiots are compelling as fuck and with their Northern accents and their fillers and their need to find love/Instagram fame on a public forum. Each season is about 50 episodes long, and I honestly can’t say they’re wrong in creating so much content. It’s the sheer belief that we will hang around for basically the length of all of Game of Thrones to see which hot idiot will… win? I’m still not sure?… is thrilling television and a level of hubris I can’t even fathom.
Book of the Week
Trying to find a feminist western novel is unfortunately a tall order, but I’ve found in “Heresy” by Melissa Lenhardt. Following a group of female outlaws, this epistolary novel is a breathtaking look at the women that made up the Old West, the ones who are remembered, the ones that history has long forgotten, and the ones that should be revived. It’s honestly one of the best books I’ve read since I read “Circe” by Madeline Miller which I thought would be hands down the best book I would read this year. “Heresy” follows in the style of “Circe” in the sense of focusing on a typically side character, an idea that I found so inspiring I ended up pitching a podcast idea about it to Google (spoiler alert, they did not want it! BUT maybe I’ll do something with it eventually! Who knows!). The women in this novel are so fully fleshed and I just want them all to flourish and thrive and kill all the dumb men getting in their way. I. LOVE. FEMALE. OUTLAWS. More please!