Friday, August 15, 2008

Glamour Addiction

I just read straight through The Glamour Addiction,a PhD thesis in book form, by Juliet McMains, Harvard grad who did a stint at a Fred Astaire studio, competed as a pro, and analyzes her obsession.
She contends that the dynamic with class, racial, and sexual differences forms the core of the appeal of the Exotic Other.
Making money at ballroom dance works with competitions, but the rules stifle creativity.
Mostly discouraged, she has a few positive comments. "I believe that the exhilaration of movement and the experiences of freedom, release, presence, connection, and euphoria that dance generates are its most sincere gifts." (p.9)
After working with high school students, she says, "I believe that students should learn both how to fulfill their expected gender roles and how to counter them." (p.195)

Monday, August 4, 2008

My night out

I do love the conservatory nights, especially followed by George Gritzbach at Grumpy's, and this time I had all day to prepare. I've been home a lot this summer, taking my mother-in-law on outings.
Joe was a tuna fisherman all day, so he didn't bring the energy.
By the way, it's now 8:30 AM. All those entries marked at 5 AM are just weirdness. Is because it's 5:30 in CA when it's 8:30 here? My sister looked at my blog and that's all she noticed, so I'll time it at the top from now on. Not that I'm here all the time any more.