Friday, January 17, 2020

It's been a week

I sat at my dining table trying to write and listen to the unfolding impeachment drama at the same time. I held my breath during Rachel Maddow's interviews with Lev Parnas, the Guiliani henchman who implicated VP Pence, AG Barr, Nunes and the whole sordid lot of conscience-free Republican enablers. If there has ever been a more corrupt administration than the current one, I am not aware of it. As history was made with the articles of impeachment being handed over to the U.S. Senate this week, I felt some appreciation of the fact that, even if Senate Republicans succeed in holding a sham trial and continue to make disgraceful excuses for the president's actions, we will still have recorded for posterity the criminality of this administration.

Closer to home, my daughter and I will be in theater audiences on Broadway three times this week, as we redeem her Christmas present to me and mine to her. We always go out to dinner beforehand, and she is really the most delightful dinner and theater companion. Our talk can get very deep, though we also laugh a lot, and for me, there is absolutely no showing up or appearance anxiety. That's my girl on Tuesday evening. We met at her favorite seafood place then went to see Slave Play. It completely blew our minds. We sat there at first wondering what on earth we were watching—antebellum sexual fantasies, it turns out, followed by an intense therapeutic debriefing session among the four different interracial couples, that was gist of the play. We came away frankly confused about what the takeaway was supposed to be. It certainly provoked some thoughtful discussions on the cab ride home. Perhaps I will report in on last night's and tonight's theater experiences later.


8 comments:

  1. History indeed. What a sad and horrible page of history it is, too.
    That play sounds, uh- yeah. Thought provoking! At the very least.
    What a beautiful thing for you and your daughter to do together. You two beauties, out on the town.

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  2. Please do. That is a lovely gift to give each other.

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  3. I love that you and your daughter go to see Broadway shows together. What a wonderful experience that is. A good balance to the utter chaotic madness in Washington DC. Ugh.

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  4. This is amazing and fills me with longing for the city. Seattle used to have a vibrant theater community it still might but I am no longer attached and have lost track. I took my son all the time when he was younger. You and she do cities right!
    XO

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  5. That's so nice that your gift to each other is a play and time spent with each other. The play sounds difficult and apparently people have a lot of opinions about it.

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  6. how wonderful for you and your daughter. I had a terrible relationship with my mother but I think I have a good one with my daughter. I'll have to look up that play. it is our national shame that we had to fight a war with ourselves to end slavery. and the whitewashing our good white christian citizens are trying to give it in the history books pisses me off.

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  7. Lovely photo of your daughter. Well it sounds like an interesting evening.

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  8. Ah yes, daughters. What a treat you are for each other.

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