When our friend Chad lived with us for a while, one of the big pieces of unexpected decoration that he brought with him was a lime green suitcase. I remarked to him on one occasion that it was by far the ugliest suitcase that I had ever seen.
“I know,” he said, “Isn’t it great?”
I told him that I didn’t understand what he meant by that and he went on to explain.
We rely on stereotypes a bit too much in the theatre to provide a crafted, but logistical, shorthand for wringing out the emotion from our audiences. How easy is it to invoke the Angel and the Badge to provoke push-button reactions? We must always be wary before invoking the Cross and the Gun.
Do you believe in “Ripley’s Believe it Or Not!”
Since 1918 Ripley’s have been challenging the human condition by testing belief, trying honor and tempting our darker side with unknown and wanton wishings.
Have you noticed how people born beautiful are actually cursed throughout their lifetimes — even though they may not know it? There is a viciousness about The Beautiful that seeps from the inside out and changes their natural shine into an ethereal ugliness.
Should we be surprised to read in the New York Times this morning that disabled students are spanked more than their average peers?
We find the rise of television and internet singing phenomenon Susan Boyle confusing and disappointing. What the world is confessing in their stunned sycophancy for her is ritualistically simple: “Golly, we never suspected ugly, unkissed, people could have beautiful singing voices.”
You can see the new, tiled, background image for my Twitter account. The multicolored bonanza of triangles and primary colors is mesmerizing and aesthetically pleasing, right? Or is the image effect sort of eye numbing and hard on the retinas? Did you notice the twitter logo shares the same color blue as my background image? There’s nothing to that shared hue of blue except that “it is the color that it is” — which is a complicated way of saying, “it’s a popular primary blue.”