Okay, so sm and I went to KCON 2016 in New York (well, Newark, but I guess it’s close) the weekend before last, and we saw SO MUCH COOL STUFF. Like, all the cool stuff. And oh my god, did I buy a lot of music afterwards. I’ll tell you, I went into KCON thinking of it as an academic experience — a look at culture, since I’ll be studying Korean dramas pretty soon — and for the price, with a whole cultural festival and two nights of concerts included, it seemed worth it. But, you know, we didn’t really know a whole lot about the bands playing. If anything, I was disappointed with the lineup, since two of the groups I really, really, really, really want to see went to KCONLA instead, and I just couldn’t justify the airfare out there. Because that would be taking it a step too far.
Moments before finding out that Elie Weisel, author and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, had passed away, I was contemplating commenting on a post on a website. It was a little thing, just a comment to point out that the photo gallery the site had published of a music festival was glaringly lacking the diversity of the attendees of the music festival. A little thing, but still an erasure of the opinions and presence of a sizable portion of the crowd I saw at the festival. But the login for the site was being a little wonky, and after a moment or two of trying to remember a password, I said to heck with it and moved on to facebook.
My grandparents changed their name in the 1950s. From Myrowitz to…well, a nice Anglo-Saxon name.
There’s a CNN story from June is being circulated on Facebook: Newt Gingrich wants new House Un-American Activities Committee. I didn’t see it at the time, probably because I thought, like many Americans, that Gingrich had been relegated to the dustbin of our history, irrelevant. This, of course, is no longer true. I have to tell you, even in a week of horrible news, of nearly every post on social media triggering some sort of negative reaction, this one might be the one that makes me coldest.
“it is with immeasurable sadness that we announce that author sir terry pratchett has died.
the world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds. rest in peace sir terry pratchett.”