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07 October 2015 @ 01:20 pm
You may remember my daughter's crustacean phobia. We ran across a photo from a play in the San Francisco Chronical over the weekend, and while technically not a crustacean, creepy enough. She'd gone to the beach the day before, so my husband sent it to her in an email with "DID YOU ENJOY THE BEACH????!!!!???" as the subject line:

\o? Fortunately, not an actual phobia trigger, so I think she found it funny instead. But what a picture!

Speaking of pictures, I ran across this JJ Levine Switch photo series the other day. What an interesting idea, and there are cases where I cannot be sure of which gender is the true one for the people in the photos. Makeup and hairstyles and accessories make more of a difference than you might think.

Yesterday, I spent some time trying to find good performances of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto #2. I have one that I love, but it's on vinyl, and I need birthday suggestions for family. I tooled around Amazon, then over to youtube (to see what else was available). At some point, I actually Googled the Time-Life series with the performance I like, and discovered it was not the pianist I thought. Who IS available on CD. Hah! But in the meantime, I had fun comparing other interpretations. This one is not bad—fantastic orchestra performance, and the soloist's interpretation is very good (who knew Samwise Gamgee played the piano? And with such commitment! Check out 4:00-5:00 for allll the feels). This other had a nicer piano interpretation, though I liked the orchestra less. I loved the recurring complaints in the comments for most about the first movement being played too fast—invariably followed up by, "Have you heard the composer's own rendition of this piece?" The soloists clearly felt Shostakovich himself crossed the line, so they are ALL slower to some degree. I prefer a slightly smoother, confident approach to the opening rather than a staccato one, so this slow, poinky rendition was pretty much unbearable. The one I'm adding to my wishlist is Christina Ortiz (not on youtube—her version there is too placid), along with some of the Khachaturian pieces I listened to a few weeks back. But otherwise, the list is pretty small. I'm old enough that I don't need or want much apart from free time and winning the lottery, neither of which is easily acquired! We're staggering under maintenance/repair for all three cars right now, too, so that's just as well, up until the point where people (husband and kids) feel bad because they can't figure out what to give me. /o\

Oh, my muse—it would be nice to have that back, too. But again... not something you can order via Amazon!

All right, meetings await. Always. Hrmmm...

cindytsuki_no_bara on October 8th, 2015 04:30 am (UTC)
hsh is kind of a troll. but i totally understand why he sent that pic to his crustacean-phobic daughter. sometimes you just have to tease.

that photo series is really, really interesting. it's not just the clothes and hair and accessories that make a difference, but how tall each partner is and how they stand. if the point is to call into question gender roles and the fixed, binary nature of gender in the first place, i think it was pretty successful.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2015 05:07 am (UTC)
Plus, that is such an utterly weird picture. Who could resist?

Yes, I forgot about the height thing-- the poses were very careful to vary that, while still looking natural, and you got a sense of how much is assumed based on small details that might not add up to your idea of the truth.
ecosopherecosopher on October 8th, 2015 12:22 pm (UTC)
I love your family's sense of humour. This is exactly the kind of thing my parents would send to me :D

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 9th, 2015 05:50 am (UTC)
Really? I know you've written about them before. They sound just awesome. :)
ecosopherecosopher on October 9th, 2015 07:15 am (UTC)
I mean, not with regards to crustaceans because I don't have the same aversion to them :D But we're all very much into teasing each other. Adam and I do the same with our children :)
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on October 8th, 2015 02:21 pm (UTC)
if the point is to call into question gender roles and the fixed, binary nature of gender in the first place, i think it was pretty successful - I agree.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 9th, 2015 05:53 am (UTC)
It was such an interesting series of photos. At time, it took real effort to find the features of someone from the companion photo.
Your Facekandigurl on October 9th, 2015 02:30 am (UTC)
Oh my god, that picture is fantastic. I was dying. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 9th, 2015 05:58 am (UTC)
Isn't it amazing? I feel as if the person who created it should get a "Lifetime Achievement Award" for that costume.Bright colors, excellent tentacle action, and fully 3-D! \o/
Your Facekandigurl on October 9th, 2015 03:15 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. I would endorse that idea.