"The Propagation of Knowledge" From “Debits and Credits” (1919-1923)The miracle of our land's speech--so known
And long received, none marvel when 'tis shown!
We have such wealth as Rome at her most pride
Had not or (having) scattered not so wide;
Nor with such arrant prodigality,
Beneath her any pagan's foot let lie...
Lo! Diamond that cost some half their days
To find and t'other half to bring to blaze:
Rubies of every heat, wherethrough we scan
The fiercer and more fiery heart of man:
Emerald that with the uplifted billow vies,
And Sapphires evening remembered skies:
Pearl perfect, as immortal tears must show,
Bred, in deep waters, of a piercing woe;
And tender Turkis, so with charms y-writ,
Of woven gold, Time dares not bite on it.
Thereafter, in all manners worked and set,
Jade, coral, amber, crystal ivories, jet,--
Showing no more than various fancies, yet
Each a Life's token or Love's amulet
Which things, through timeless arrogance of use,
We neither guard nor garner, but abuse;
So that our scholars--nay, our children-fling
In sport or jest treasure to arm a King;
And the gross crowd, at feast or market, hold
Traffic perforce with dust of gems and gold!
“The U.S. soccer team has been sent to the next round of the World Cup… huge! For two reasons: the first, obviously, national pride, and second - if we go all the way this year, if we win the World Cup, the whole rest of the world has to then refer to the sport as soccer.”—JON STEWART, The Daily Show (via inothernews)
Got back from Michigan yesterday. I get on the train to go back to Harlem last night and first thing that happens is this family entering the train, sitting right where I am, and being really loud and obnoxious and one woman telling them to shut up and then a close to call to an all-out brawl. One woman was standing on the subway seats. A guy took out something that looked like a rice cooker and I assumed he was about to hit somebody with it. A little girl was crying meanwhile the older kids were further provoking the situation. In the end noone got hurt, just a lot of middle fingers and pained eardrums.
High school and college drama programs will be able to present their own low-budget versions of the big-budget international musical hit, The Phantom of the Opera, starting this fall.
On June 3, R&H Theatricals, which licenses shows by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, begins accepting applications from schools eager to produce the show about a murderous deformed musical genius and the suggestible soprano who gladly follows him into the dank bowels of the Paris Opera House — all for the sake of love and art. The applications are for performances in the United States and Canada beginning Sept. 1. (Visit www.rnh.com.)
Anticipating the release of Phantom to schools, R&H Theatricals created a pilot project with RUG (Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group). In the 2007-08 academic year, the largely sung-through musical was presented (“in full productions and in its entirety,” according to a statement) by two colleges and four high schools: Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH; Elon University in Elon, NC; Carroll Senior High School in Westlake, TX; Nyack High School in Nyack, NY; Fairfield Senior High School in Fairfield, OH; and Capital High School in Charleston, WV.
“Andrew’s passion for bringing young people into the musical theatre is so deeply felt,” stated Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization president Ted Chapin, “that he has authorized us to release Phantom to schools even while it continues to thrive on Broadway and all over the globe. We always believed that school performances of Phantom would bring out the best in each and every student, and the pilot productions we saw across America more than confirmed that belief.”
OK, I know im outside of the music world right now, but I had no idea BRUNO MARS was half filipino. The other half is Puerto Rican.
Sigh, it’s always those halflings that make it.
And sidenote, I’m trying to learn more tagalog just to feel some kind of connection with my heritage. But why does tagalog have so many throaty syllables? My tongue keeps stumbling and the repetition is difficult to get a hang of. And why is the word flower bulaklak? That’s not a pretty word. But I mean, It’s not a harsh language it’s just that the words are strung out in like a song and youre expected to make all the riffs in between with no problem. I’ll get the hang of it someday.
Finally, a day that tony and I got to spend together just us. Haven’t had that in literally a month even though we see each other often. And it was a real good day. Saw Iron Man 2, which we thought was pretty enjoyable. And I love Robert Downey Jr. so I guess that helped my opinion.
Walked over to Bryant park after and though Bryant park is not that big it’s still one of my favorites. I could go on and on about it. But basically it’s just a great space. However the grass was closed due to recent rain so we made our way over to Central Park, got one of those pedicab guys to bike us to where the big fountain is and then we went on rowboats. We remember how we were at the same place on our first “hang out” before we went on a date. Aye, no wonder my friends called it a date anyway. So we rowed in the murky green water for an hour and then made our way to Amy Ruth’s in Harlem.
TO ANYONE WHO IS IN HARLEM YOU MUST GO TO AMY RUTH’S. It’s always satisfying, maybe a little TOO satisfying. Who said chicken and waffles was bad? Noone, because it never is. I ordered the vegetable platter cause it came with 3 sides. Little did I know that “vegetable platter” meant exactly 3 sides. Oh well, I couldn’t even finish it. But for the first time I tried the gravy with mashed potatoes and ohmygoodnesslordy i dont know how this sounds but i love amy ruth’s gravy. I’ve never been so impressed by gravy before.
anyway, never can go wrong with good food and good people :)
For the first time in a few weeks, I’m seeing my energy pick up. I don’t want to be a downer anymore and I want to enjoy the summer to whatever extent I can. And it’s been off to a good start. Good time with people, good food, easy-going personalities, what more could I ask? Hm, perhaps more money to keep this good thing rolling. I’ve actually just calculated all these payments I have to make. And after tomorrow I will be pretty much broke, more than I have ever been before I think. But I’m not too worried. I don’t think it’ll be for too long, and for now I’ll just look toward more low-budget events. I’m looking at you, parks and beaches and comfy couch in my cozy little living room.
But if anyone knows a job I can do for like a few days for pay, just let me know.