Point the first: Pete Seeger died yesterday, at age 94. He was a folk singer, performing all the way back from the 1930s, was a friend of Woody Guthrie’s, wrote tons of songs, including “Turn Turn Turn.” He adapted “We Shall Overcome” into the civil rights anthem we know today. In addition, Seeger sang and supported many causes throughout his long life, including unions, civil rights, took a anti-war stance during Vietnam, and environmental causes. As far as any real-life heroes I may have, Pete Seeger was definitely one of mine.
Point the second: It’s as cold as the damn Arctic here in New York City. Well, it’s not sub-zero, exactly, but it’s quite cold.
Point the third: I tried writing in a Starbucks today. That is, I sat in Starbucks waiting for my friend and had my outline notebook in my bag and proceeded to jot down about half a page. I’ve determined that I don’t like writing in public. I feel paranoid that someone will read over my shoulder and other peoples’ voices and music don’t really help the concentration. And yes, I felt like a stereotype and pretentious, but at least it was a notebook and not a full laptop. Honestly, coffee shop writers—how do you do it?
Point the fourth: My friend and I went to see A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder tonight. It’s a Broadway musical that I can only describe as Downton Abbey meets Clue meets Monty Python. Basically: Monty D’Ysquith Navarro’s mother dies and upon her death, a friend tells him that his late mother was a D’Ysquith, one of Edwardian England’s most prominent families. Also, this friend tells Monty that only eight people stand in between him and Adalbert D’Ysquith, the Earl of Highhurst.
So Monty, rejected by the family and deciding to seek revenge on them for the way they treated his mother, starts killing D’Ysquiths. It’s not a gruesome musical though–it’s actually, genuinely, hilarious. All of the D’Ysquiths marked for murder die in…interesting…ways. And they’re all–men and women–played by Jefferson Mays, who was amazing as each and every one of his characters.