Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sita Sings the Blues

Saturday Night Live was a snoozefest last night, so while surfing for other options,
I came across
Sita Sings the Blues on Thirteen.

The film is a retelling of a Hindu folk tale by an artist mourning her failed marriage.

It was adorable and touching, not to mention a nice surprise on an otherwise boring Saturday night.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Forbidden Love

Now that I've read Alice I Have Been, by Melanie Benjamin, I will never be able to hear Lewis Carroll's Alice stories without remembering the scandal and heartbreak surrounding the book's muse.

In this fictionalized biography, Benjamin examines the life of Alice Liddell, a vivacious little girl being suffocated by the constraints of Victorian notions of girls and girlhood. From an affluent academic family, Alice escapes through innocent outings with a much older eccentric professor (a character based on Lewis Carroll). When their odd and sometimes cringe-inducing relationship is misinterpreted by meddling interlopers, poor little Alice is marred for life. The implications of her victimization are far reaching, costing her true love and happiness.

Poor Alice, another exploited muse.

This is what you're like

I'm not sure why I was so emo when we went to see Sarah Kirkland Snider's Penelope at The Bell House.

It could have been my over worked/over tired state of mind, or Kirkland Snider's evocative compositions (performed by members of Signal), or the image of a pregnant Shara Worden singing lyrics about a long lost husband returning from war, half the man he used to be.

Whatever it was, it moved me. I was a teary mess! Check the tunes out for yourself when New Amsterdam releases them on an album next fall.

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