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Have you ever had a moment where you’ve thought, “I’ve found my people?” That was me, Friday night, at the Booker T. Cleveland Society for the Learned, which might be one of the world’s coolest book clubs. Meeting monthly in bars, the society’s rules are simple and basically boil down to, you must bring a book and swap that book before the night is out.
The group is pretty self-selecting. Mainly young professionals. Dorky enough to want to go to a book club. Outgoing enough to talk to strangers in bars. Snobby enough that they will judge your book, and you, by its cover, thank you very much. So, clearly, I fit right in. Continue reading
Or, The Opening Ceremony Challenges Copyright Law, Whether it Means to or Not
Like millions of others around the world, I spent last night watching the Opening Ceremony. Unlike millions of others, the part that captivated me wasn’t the parade of nations, but the “Second Star to the Right” theatrical sequence.
In this bit of public theater, director Danny Boyle reclaimed the British people’s ownership of their children’s literature, the rights to which have long since been sold off to various corporate interests. Depicting Mary Poppins battling Captain Hook, Voldemort, and the Queen of Hearts, Boyle claimed these beloved characters as part of the broader British narrative. In doing so, he challenged the idea that these characters, or any characters, can belong to someone. Continue reading