AFTER THE OPERA

The curtain parts one last time
and the ones who killed
and were killed,
who loved inordinately,
who went berserk, were flayed alive,
descended to Hades,
raged, wept, schemed—
victims and victimizers alike—
smile and nod and graciously bow.
So glad it’s finally over,
they stride off
suddenly a bit ridiculous
in their overwrought costumes.
And the crowd—still dark,
like God beyond the footlights of the world—
rises to its feet
and roars like the sea.

Richard Schiffman | What the Dust Doesn’t Know, 2017

Juana Olga Barrios |  Hey Mama, 2013

GEORGE SAUNDERS | LINCOLN AT THE BARDO

Yes! George Saunders wins the Man Booker Prize!

NICKI NICKI NICKI NICKI NICKI MINAJ

Swoon.

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MAD WATCH | HUMAN FLOW

SUNDAYS IN LONDON

I lived in London for seven years in the late 80’s / early 90’s, working long hours as an investment banker, traveling the continent to visit my international banking clients and for holidays. Because it was what you did and it was expected, I attended the theatre several times a week with clients clamoring to get into The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. I saw both of those musicals over twenty-five times and no, that isn’t a typo. London was such a different city then. The theatre was always a spectacular realm, as were the art galleries and museums. What was sorely lacking was good food. Thirty years later this international city is positively packed with fantastic restaurants. I’ve already had Peruvian, Japanese, Lebanese and Indian meals and all have been excellent. As I strolled around central London this weekend, I must have heard a dozen languages being spoken. Always a haven for students, it seemed even more diverse than I remember. When I attended St Catherine’s College, Cambridge University, it seemed Americans were the only “others”. Now half of Asia is here!

Three plays, four museums, dinners with friends and loads of walking, I love being back. Note to self :: Come More Often.

♥ NATALIE DORMER ♥

Mad Whippers traveling to London this season MUST see Natalie Dormer’s electrifying performance in Venus in Fur. She’s a serious talent, well beyond her wonderful work as Margaery Tyrell, etc.

I ♥ EMMA THOMPSON

♥  Emma

Emma + Tindy

TONIGHT

Nothing better than a Shakespearean comedy reimagined into 1914 Mexico!

MACARTHUR GENIUS GRANT FELLOW | NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES

The Best of Nikole Hannah-Jones

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THE GOLDEN HOUSE | SALMAN RUSHDIE

In these our cowardly times, we deny the grandeur of the Universal, and assert and glorify our local Bigotries, and so we cannot agree on much. In these our degenerate times, men bent on nothing but vainglory and personal gain- hollow, bombastic men for whom nothing is off-limits if it advances their petty cause- will claim to be great leaders and benefactors, acting in the common good, and calling all who oppose them liars, envious, little people, stupid people, stiff, and, in a precise reversal of the truth, dishonest and corrupt.”

Salman Rushdie  | The Golden House

Nobody writes like Rushdie. ♥

FRIENDS IN ZÜRICH

So wonderful to spend time with you, Michèle, Neel, India + Maya! Love you all to the moon and back (in French, German, English + Spanish . . . “-) XXXXX

UNITY PHELAN

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