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Life in a Northern Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. B.M.A.T.C., and Etruscan typewriter erasers. Blogged by David Gorsline.

Friday, 2 April 2004

I got a message from Margie Remmers, a theater acquaintance who turns out to be the owner/webmaster of My Life Story. She surprised me by responding very graciously to my somewhat disparaging post, rather than responding in kind, and I respect her for that.

The free and for-fee services that My Life Story offers may be rather mundane for the teenager who keeps an online journal or and answers the Friday Five, or the adult who's sweated the production of a doctoral dissertation, but there may be a significant market segment of people online who could take advantage of some gentle support to get themselves writing. My uncle always meant to write up his war stories from Korea and Vietnam, but he never got around to it. So perhaps Margie has a market, and I hope she finds it.

After all, nine tenths of the blogosphere is nothing but a vanity press that doesn't waste paper pulp.

posted: 9:45:50 PM  

Washington Ballet, Coppélia, staging and new choreography by Charla Genn and Septime Webre, after traditional sources, music by Léo Delibes

The WB succeeds with this kid-friendly story of the villagers and the pranks they play on the cranky toymaker, Dr. Coppélius. José Varona's Act II set for the toymaker's workshop, dimly lit by Kevin Meek, achieves the right balance of cheeriness and creepiness. Webre and Genn's choreography gets the story told. There's a nifty pattern in the first act that looks like the European peasantry's verison of buck-buck. Jared Nelson, performing Franz's jumps, and Michele Jimenez, executing Swanilda's footwork, make it look easy.

posted: 9:05:58 PM  

Leta was looking into my Bible, the one I'm using as I prepare the character of Rev. Phelps. She asked, "so what's with all the italics in your Bible?"

Current printings of the King James Bible are typically based on an edition published at Oxford University in 1769. That edition applied the device of supplying italics for absent words much more thoroughly, corrected a number of minor errors in punctuation, and made the spelling consistent and updated.

posted: 9:58:11 AM  

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