I wanted to go to the protest, but I’d never been before. I have visceral memories of 2016 and 2017, staring out my window at work to see the Women’s March, the People’s Climate March, and others, quite literally pass me by.
Well, I quit that job. And in the Covid-times I’ve lost others. What can I say, I’m available.
I waited too long and fretted too much about making a sign, then finally ripped an old box apart to paint “Black Lives Matter” on one side, and the names of Black men and women killed by police on the other, adding “Not One More.” I found a list. I’d be lying if I said I recognized all of the names – I didn’t. I fretted more: what if someone asks me “who is Marco Loud?” and I don’t have an answer?
This added to my list of things to learn. I have so much learning to do. I am a good student, but have left myself badly schooled. I left the sign at home, and took my body and my voice.
Dorchester is the biggest and most diverse neighborhood in Boston. Diverse, but segregated. I live where the white end meets the Vietnamese strip. You can almost see the line drawn on the street where Dorchester turns Black. On Tuesday, as I walked from my home at Savin Hill to Franklin Park – 1.7 miles – I saw it.
Walking down Columbia Road, the sidewalks started to thicken with protesters, sign holders. More joined us as people climbed out of parked cars and walked the slope to the park. Anecdotally, all of the protesters walking in my vicinity were white. White people driving into Dorchester, taking Dorchester parking spaces, to protest that Black Lives Matter. Cool.
As we passed clusters of friendly, helmeted cops standing by, the white youth shyly hid their ACAB signs.
I arrived at 5 to find the park at Blue Hill Avenue teeming with people – largely Black, here. Within seconds the crowd swarmed into the intersection of Blue Hill and Columbia, taking the streets hostage for an 8 minute, 46 second “die in,” commemorating the murder of George Floyd.
The cops stepped into traffic to pause cars as we lay on hot concrete, escorting our movement.
After the die-in we marched into Franklin Park, filling both lanes of Circuit Drive, chanting our way to the Shattuck Picnic Grove. Things were friendly, enthusiastic. The chanting never ceased.
Nearby me, one Black woman was distraught with anger, yelling at white folx not to take over, yelling at Black folx “you letting these white people be louder than you.” I think some well-meaning whites, trying to keep up the vigor of chanting, had in fact taken it over, rather than amplifying the chants of the Blacks in the crowd. Any time the chanting slowed or quieted, this woman’s cracking voice raised up, haranguing, passionate. I saw clusters of white folk glance at her nervously, then side step the crowd and move away.
We blocked the road, but it didn’t seem to bother the traffic. We passed two cars, stalled by the throng. One, an older white couple, rolled down their window and chanted with us. Behind them was a young Black man and his daughter – her smile peeking from the sun roof. He leaned against the door, blasting “Fight the Power,” as though he’d parked here just to DJ the march.
We reached the Picnic Grove for a program of speakers organized by Violence in Boston, with Tito Jackson, Brother Dee, and many others. I was far back in the crowd and couldn’t see the speakers, and could hear them only rarely. Another moment of silence, with visceral sobbing pouring out of people all around me.
The program ended shortly after 7, with urges us to disperse and go home peacefully.
Then things got interesting.
I turned around to see – leaning into the chain link fence behind us – a dozen police in riot gear. Standing at ease, if one can be at ease in riot gear. Such a visual can’t help but raise the hackles.
The crowd split out of the park – some broke west towards Forest Hills, another east to Blue Hill. I went east. We chanted, sang, in a joyous mood.
Suddenly ahead I saw blue flashing lights: a cop truck. The crowd surrounded it, chanting “I Can’t Breathe,” “Enough is Enough,” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” It was all well behaved, passionate, but determined.
Sirens behind me. Shouts and screams. I turned to see the crowd part before eight motorcycle cops speeding towards us. The man in front of me – between me and the motorcycles – his long dirty-blond hair spraying out behind mask elastics, refused to move.
Realizing he would be alone otherwise, I too refused to move, standing with him.
The lead cop turned his bike towards us. While driving, he actively veered his motorcycle toward us, daring us: move or be hit.
My memory like a camera roll – I can scroll through snaps of these moments. His scowl. His front wheel between the legs of Dirty-Blond.
The bike screeched to a stop – would have hit Dirty-Blond if his legs weren’t spread – and the cop hopped off the bike, screaming, all chest, into Dirty-Blond’s face, pushing him back.
D-B held his hands up and screamed the fuck back.
Fury behind a face shield. Two hands raised in peace. A gloved hand dropping to the belt to grab the baton. A woman screaming.
The cop reach for his baton when two other cops leapt off their bikes and grabbed him, pulling him back. A third cop walked down the row of parked bikes, silencing the sirens.
The crowd turned livid – hundreds of hands up, hundreds of voices screaming “Hands up, Don’t Shoot,” as the first little piggy took a breather and calmed down. We kneeled, refusing to give ground, chanting “kneel with us.” None of these cops did.
Within moments the moto cops returned to their vehicles to turn around and leave. The crowd delighted in making this hard for them, and cheered when the cops drove away.
Na na nah nah. Na na nah nah. Hey Hey. Goodbye. The thrill of a brief small victory.
My heart raced, my brain running film of that wheel nearly crashing into us. Of that scowling scream, of that hand on the baton. The spark that nearly ignited had come so quickly, so unnecessarily. Without warning. And with what seemed like intent from the police, who didn’t need to drive towards protesters to get them to move.
I walked through the Park’s golf course, back to Blue Hill Avenue, feeling good, even elated. I’d done OK. I’d lent my body and voice. I’d had a close encounter with violence but it diffused as quickly as it started. I had a story: I had seen how quickly and willingly the police would threaten and spur violence, but how the crowd wouldn’t be forced easily.
Eight p.m. Twilight falling. I reached Blue Hill Avenue with clusters of other sign-holding protesters nearby. Cars in all directions honked and cheered and held fists out of windows. Men taking bags out of cars asked “was it powerful? Was it peaceful? Do you need anything, brother?” The neighborhood was with us.
Two blocks from the park I barely noticed more blue lights – had I grown immune so fast? – until I really looked and saw, speeding towards the park, flanked by escorts: two Humvees, 8 vans, and two busses full of armed National Guard: dogs, riot shields, gas masks.
I filmed it, posting to Instagram and Twitter, to warn those who were still in the Park. I spent the next half hour, fretting, checking hashtags, walking to the park and back again – wanting to go, wanting to help, not sure if I would find the crowds or be helpful if I did.
From what I gather, the People marched to BPD headquarters, then to the State House, closely watched by soldiers the whole way. One woman drove into the crowd. I later learned two people were arrested – one of them a sometimes colleague. Otherwise, peaceful.
All night I felt anger, anxiety. Had I left too soon? Had I not done enough?
I know the real answer. I have not done enough. I did not show up soon enough.
We are a peaceful army, armed with signs, bodies, and voices. And we are fighting a literal army. Small victories add up.
But small victories are not enough. What then? Education? All the books you read and all the docs you watch mean nothing if you don’t change your actions.
Baby steps only take you so far.
One baby step is to go to the protest, sign or no sign. One baby step is to let the Black folx lead: add your voice to theirs instead of taking over. Stay present to witness the pain and anger of the Black folx around you – don’t make a sign saying “Black Lives Matter” then step aside when Black anger makes you uncomfortable.
We are so far behind. I am so fretful to take small steps. And I am fearful the smallest steps are too late.
We need to take a million baby steps, take them quickly as possible. For we are so far behind.
But I’m available. And I’m taking them.
I read and watch and listen to a bunch.
Here's my list from 2018.
[Notes to Skip if you don't care: I don't record food. I tend not to eat food except for food. I realize cuisine is a thing, but I'm not gonna record every meal. And I rarely eat out in an artistic way. The key below is inconsistent. Sorry - it gets to be a lot. Email me with questions.]
My Favorite 10 THINGS OF THE YEAR (in no order)
- Obehi Janice Casanova at MFA
- The Interrobangers by Sloth Levine
- Steering the Craft by Ursula K. LeGuin
- Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
- TOP GIRLS by Carol Churchill at the Huntington Theatre
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith
- Courtney Barnett live at MassMoCa
- Lindy West's The Witches are Coming at MFA
- My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh
- The Handmaiden by Park Chan Wook
- The Power by Naomi Alderman
- Seeing 1, 2, 3, FOUR kick ass shows directed by my BFF DMS
Television Film Concert. Magazine
Book PLAY (read) PLAY (live). ART
1.1 Good Place 1.12 and 1.13, and 2.1
Walking Tour of Mexico City (Uly was great)
1.2 Good Place 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
Museo de Nacional Antropologica
1.3 Palm Sunday by Kurt Vonnegut
1.4 Marietas Islands
Good Place 2.6
Good Place 2.7
1.6 Houston Airport
1.7 Good Place 2.8
1.8 David Bowie, The Last Five Years
1.10 Handmaid’s Tale 1.7
1.12 Cheers 1.1 and 1.2
1.13 Esquire, January (James Baldwin’s MLK Reflection)
Cheers 1.3 and 1.4, 1.5
1.14 Cheers 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10
PKD’s Electric Dreams 1.1
1.15 Vanity Fair February 2018
1.16 Great Mysteries: Ghosts, by Robert Jackson
Handmaid’s Tale 1.8
The Good Place 2.9
1.19 Handmaid’s Tale 1.9 and 1.10
1.20 The Good Place 2.10
1.21 Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 1.1
1.22 Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 1.2
1.23 The Ballad of Narayama (1958)
Finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
1.26 finished Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
The Good Place 2.11
1.27 HYPE MAN by Idris Goodwin, dir. by Shawn LaCount
1.28 MMM 1.3
1.29 MMM 1.4
1.31 finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
2.2 Cheers 1.12 and 1.13
2.3. Cheers 1.14
2.4. Super bowl LII
2.5. Cheers 1.15, 1.16, 1.17
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction: Barack Obama
The Good Place 2.12
2.6 Steering the Craft by Ursula K LeGuin
2.7 Vanity Fair Feb 2018
2.8 Farmer’s Almanac 2018
Cheers 1.18 and 1.19
2.9 MR. BURNS, A POST ELECTRIC PLAY by Anne Washburn
2.10 Cheers 1.20 and 1.21
Fawlty Towers 1.1
My Next Guest Needs no Introduction: George Clooney
2.11 White Wolf Woman and other stories; Teresa Pijoan
2.12 Fawlty Towers 1.2
The Greatest Showman
2.13 Fawlty Towers 1.3
2.14 Fawlty 1.4 and 1.5
2.15 The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
2.16 NOMAD AMERICANA by Kira Rockwell
2.17 TORREY PINES by CLyde Peterson
2.18 Mrs Maisel 1.5
2.19 Quickening the Dust by Allison Maria Rodriguez at DAP
Last Week Tonight 2.18
2.20 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
2.21 Fawlty 1.6
2.22 Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
2.24 Mrs. Maisel 1.6
2.25 Chris Rock: Tamborine; Bigger and Blacker
3.4 finished All The Birds in the Sky by Charles Jane Anders.
3.6 The Children of the Morning Light: Wampanoag Tales as told by Manitonquat
3.7 Into the Woods dir. Rob Marshall
3.9 Bestiary by Donika Kelly
The Trip to Spain dir. Michael Winterbottom
3.11 Vanity Fair April 2018
3.12 My Next Guest...Malala Yousafzai
3.16 VIRGINIA WOOLF'S ORLANDO by Sarah Ruhl dir. A. Nora Long
3.17 Veep 6.1
3.18 veep 6.2
3.19 Paul Revere’s Ride by David Hackett Fischer
Extraordinary Houses of the World, FORESTS
3.20 Fawlty Towers 2.1
3.21 ROXANE GAY: WITH ONE N
3.22 Esquire April 2018
3.23 THE IRISH AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY dir. DMS
3.24 Extraordinary Houses of the World: COASTS
3.25 Veep 6.3
3.26 Fawlty Towers 2.2 and 2.3
3.27 Fawlty Towers 2.4 and 2.5
Pacific Rim: Uprising
3.28 The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling Pt. 1
3.29 The Zen Diaries of GS Pt 2
Comedians ICGC w/ GS
3.30 TedTalk: Titus Kaphar; Monica Byrne
3.31 We are Never Meeting in Real Life, Samantha Irby
4.1 Animal Talk by Penelope Smith
4.2 Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
Book I of Ovid’s Metamorphosis
Last Week Tonight 4.1
4.3 The Dramatist May/June 2017
CICGC Steve Martin; Amy Schumer
Bob Dylan: No Direction Home
4.4 The Dramatist, Season Review 2016-17
Steve Martin Master Class 1 - 3
4.5 SM MC, 4 - 6
The Dramatist, July/August 2017
4.6 The Dramatist: Edward Albee
4.7 The Dramatist November/December - International
Master Class; Aaron Sorkin ep 2 - 4
4.8 Master Class Sorkin 5 - 6
4.9 Master Class David Mamet 1 - 11
The Dramatist, Jan/Feb 2018 - Censorship
4.10 The Dramatist March/April 2018 Twin Cities Edition
Master Class Mamet 12 - 15
4.11 Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare
4.12 The Dramatist Nov/Dec 2013
MC Mamet 16 - 20
4.13 The Dramatist July/August 2009 Self Producing
MC Mamet 21 - 25
4.14 Witch Baby by Francesca Lia Block.
MC Mamet 26 Closing Done
American Masters; John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I’m Saying it
4.16 Negrosis screenplay by Corey Allen
Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, by Francesca Lia Block
CICGC Chris Rock; Stephen Colbert
4.17 The Spy Who Loved Me
4.18 CICGC Kristen Wiig; John Oliver
4.19 The Day After Tomorrow
CICGC Kevin Hart Will Ferrell, Julia Louis- Dreyfus, Judd Apatow
4.20 Missing Angel Juan by Francesca Lia Block
The Matrix by Wachowskis
CICGC Jim Carrey
4.22 Vanity Fair April 2018
Errol Morris Wormwood Ch 1 - 6
4.23 Veep 6.5 and 6.6
4.26 Shonda MC 3
4.28 BROKELAHOMO by Ryan Landry dir. Robin Smith
4.29 Michelle Wolf’s WHCD set
4.30 Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
5.1 Shonda MC 4, 5, 6, 7
5.4 - 5.6 Getaway House
5.6 THE SUPERVILLAIN CLUB by Lila Rose Kaplan
5.10 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
5.11 Vanity Fair May 2018
WIG OUT by Terrell Alvin McCraney
5.13 TOP GIRLS by Carol Churchill
Handmaid’s Tale 2.1
5.14 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
5.15 Overboard with Anna Faris
5.18 The Art of the Memoir by Mary Karr
MC Shonda Rhimes Ep 8
5.19 Meem 4 Boston: A story ballet about the internet (ICA, chor. Ryan McNamara)
5.20 RBG dir. by Nancy Wolf et al
5.21 Border Districts by Gerald Murnane
5.22 Handmaid’s Tale 2.2 and 2.3
5.25 HERITAGE HILL NATURALS by Fran de Silveira
5.26 The Dramatist May/June 2018
Handmaid’s Tale 2.4
5.27 Deadpool 2
5.28 Handmaid’s Tale 2.5
5.30 Zadie Smith: Feel Free
6.3 Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash
6.5 Esquire May 2018
6.7 Martha’s Brainstorm
6.8 Martha’s Brainstorm
6.9 Climate Change Open Mic
6.11 ANNIHILATION (novel) by Jeff Vandermeer
6.12 Esquire June 2018
Parts Unknown 1.1 Myanmar
parts unknown 1.2 Koreatown LA
6.13. Parts unknown 1.3 Colombia
THE WIZ dir by DMS
6.16 Vanity Fair June 2018
6.17 WC Germany v Mexico
6.18 WC: Sweden v S Korea
WC: Belgium v Panama
WC England v Tunisia
6.19 WC Poland v Senegal
WC Colombia v Japan
Oceans 8 (dir Gary Ross)
Dr. Marston and the Wonder Women
6.20 WC Uruguay v Saudi Arabia
6.22. My Next Guest...Tina Fey
6.25 Parts Unknown: Libya
WC: Portugal v. Iran
WC: Uruguay v Russia
6.29 On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Hannah Gadsby Nanette
6.30 Kid Gorgeous, John Mulaney
7.1 WC: RUS v SPA
WC: CRO vs. DEN
Won’t you be my neighbor
7.4. TEETH the musical
7.5. Authority by Jeff Vandermeer
My Next Guest...Seinfeld and Letterman
Parts Unknown: Montreal/Quebec
7.6 The Comedy Lineup Michelle Buteau; Ian Kramer
7.7 WC Quarters
Extraordinary Houses: Mountains?
7.10 WC Semis
7.11 WC Semis
7.12 Courtney Barnett, with Vagabon
7.13 Six Flags Great Escape
Ali Wong Hard Knock Wife
7.14 WC 3rd place game
7.15 WC Final
The COmedy Lineup: Taylor Tomlinson, Sam Jay
7.16 Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer
MC: Judd Apatow Ep 1 - 7
Comedy Lineup: Phil Wang, Sabrina Jalees
7.17 Apatow masterclass 8 and 9
The World’s Most Extraordinary Houses UNDERGROUND
7.18 Apatow MC 10 - 11
Girls 1.1 Screenplay and Episode
7.19 Apatow 12 - 13
The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death, by Colson Whitehead
7.20 apatow MC 14
7.21 Judd Apatow MC 15
7.23 Apatow MC 16 - 17
ATLANTA Pilot: teleplay and episode
Comedy Lineup: Jak Knight; Tim Dillon
7.24 Apatow 18 - 19
7.25 CICGC: Zack Galifinakis; Dave Chapelle; Ellen DeGeneres
FLEABAG 1&2 (outlines)
Grand Designs 11.1 South Yorkshire
7.27 MC Apatow 20-22
Grand Designs 11.2 North London
7.28 Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey
Pilot teleplay: INSECURE Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore
THE LEFTOVERS by Josh Wilder dir. Summer Williams
The Stand Ups Aparna Nancherla
7.29 Mission Impossible: Fallout
Grand Designs 11.3: York
7.30. MC Apatow ep 23, 24, 25
Fleabag Ep 3 - 6
The Stand up: Rachel Feinstein
7.31 MC Apatow ep 26 - 29
Grand Designs Tiverton
8.1 MC Apatow rewatch ep 10
MC Apatow 30 - 32
Vanity Fair August
CICGC: Brian Regan, Tracy Morgan
8.2 Last Week Tonight Ep 18
CICGC: Hassan Minaj; Dana Carvey
Grand Designs: Strathaven
8.3 CICGC: Neal Brennan; John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon
8.4 Acadia National Park
8.6 CICGC: Alec Baldwin
Gasping for Airtime by Jay Mohr
8.7 Dramatist: Season in Review 2018
CICGC Jerry Lewis
Faces Places dir by JR and Agnes Varda
8.8 Continued “Important VIdeos”
8.9 Continued “Important VIdeos”
Variety July 2018
8.10. Variety August 2
The 40 Year Old Virgin
8.11 Dramatist Magazine August 2018
Don’t Think Twice dir Mike birbiglia
8.12 ”Important videos”
Insecure 2.1 and 2.2
8.13 Finished “Important VIdeos”
Vanity Fair September 2018kr
INSECURE 2.3 and 2.4
8.14. Steve Martin MC 1-10
George Carlin What am I Doing in New Jersey
8.15 Steve Martin MC 11 - 15
8.16 Steve Martin MC 16
Lindy West: Witches
8.17 Steve Martin MC 17, 18, 19
OUR DEAR DEAD DRUG LORD by Alexis Sheer
8.18 Steve Martin MC 20, 21, 22
Tell Them Anything You Want, dir. Spike Jones (about Maurice Sendak)
An Emmy for Megan Ep 1
8.19 An Emmy for Megan Ep 2 - 6
Steve Martin MC 23, 24, Bonus (done)
ICA Watershed: Diana Thater
ICA: We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-85
Arthur Jafa: Love is the Message, the Message is Death
Caitlin Keogh: Blank Melody
Insecure 2.7 and 2.8
8.20 Insecure 3.1
8.21 The Chance You Won’t Return, by Annie Cardi
Crazy Rich Asians dir. Jon Chu
8.22 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, dir. Richard Brooks
8.23 CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, writ Tennessee Williams
8.24 Esquire September 2018
GOD OF CARNAGE by Yazmina Reza, trans. Christopher Hampton
Hot Girls Wanted, dir. Rashida Jones
Carnage dir Roman Polanski
8.25 Breaking Bad Pilot 1.1
8.26 Dead Letter Office
8.28 Born Standing Up, by Steve Martin
THE ODD COUPLE by Neil Simon
The Standups: Joe List
8.29 DEATHTRAP (play) by Ira Levin
The StandUps: Gina Yashere
9.1 CICGC Norm MacDonald; Kevin Hart
9.2 Hot Girls Wanted: Girls on Top 1.1
9.3 Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell
I love you, Man
Comedy line up: Janelle
9.5 Heart of a Dog, w/d by Laurie Anderson
THE BLACK CLOWN (A.R.T.)
9.6 HGW:TO - Love Me Tinder
Assorted Stand Up
CICGC Brian Regan
9.7 My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Otessa Moshfegh
pilot BREAKING BAD
CHT Ghost Tour
9.8 THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA by Edward Albee
What we Do in the Shadows, dir Taika Waititi
The Comedy Lineup - Matteo Lane
9.9 MADE IN HEAVEN by Steven Bogart
9.10 PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE by Steve Martin
9.11 LOST pilot episode screenplay
9.12 CICGC Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman
THE NICETIES by Eleanor Burgess
9.13 CICGC: Lorne Michaels; Jay Leno
The Standups: josh Johnson; Aisling Bea
9.14 CICGC: Margaret Cho
The Handmaiden, w/d Park Chan-Took
NORM SHOW: David Spade; Drew Barrymore
9.15 Notre Dame vs. VBilt
NORM SHOW: Judge Judy
CHT Ghost Tour: Josh
9.16 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
A Quiet Place
CHT Ghost Tour: Steward
9.17 2018 Emmy’s
9.18 Insecure 3.6
9.19 Norm: David Letterman
Norm: Jane Fonda
9.20 HAMNET by Deep End
9.21 Obehi Janice’s Casanova
9.22 Trajal Harrel: Caen Amour
9.23 Fire Free Zone by Theresa Rebeck
The game, dir. David Fincher
Norm show: Lorne Michaels
9.24 Norm Show: Chevy Chase
9.25 Norm Show: M. Night Shyamalan
Norm Show: Michael Keaton
The Office 3.14: Ben Franklin
9.26 Vanity Fair October 2018
Norm Show: Billy Joe Shaver
9.27 The Office 3.15: Phyllis’ Wedding
9.28 JJK’s First Ghost Tour
9.29 The Good Place 1.1
9.30 Shelburne Orchard!
The Good Place 1.2
10.1 Insecure 3.8
10.3 John Oliver: Kavanaugh
10.4 The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, 2.1 USA
10.5 The Good Place 1.3 and 1.4
10.6 Dangerous Liaisons
The Comedy Line up: Emma Willman
10.8 Comedy Lineup: Max Silvestri
10.9 A Star is Born, w/d by Bradley Cooper
10.10 Parts Unknown: Vietnam (w/ Obama)
10.11 Parts Unknown: Nashville
Great British Bake-off 2.1 (Netflix)
Vanity Fair November 2018
10.13 Ladybird, w/d Greta Gerwig
10.15 Parts Unknown: Houston; Japan
Most Extraordinary Homes, 2.2 Portugal
10.16 The Good Place 1.5
10.19 Two Weeks Notice
Homecoming Podcast 1.1
10.20 The Oath
The Good Place 1.6
10.22 Homecoming Podcast 1.2
10.23 The Good Place 1.7
Comedy Lineup: JR De Guzman
10.24 Homecoming 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6
RAW by Julia Ducournau
10.25 Sherlock 1.1
10.26 Homecoming 8, 9, 10, 11
Sherlock 1.3, 2.1
10.27 Homecoming 12
Sleepy Hollow (animated)
Sherlock: The Reichenbach Falls (2.3)
10.28 It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Sherlock 3.1 The Empty Hearse
10.29 Teen Wolf
10.30 Queen Live Aid Performance
10.31 A Childhood: The Biography of Place, Harry Crews
War of the Worlds by Mercury Theatre
MACBETH dir. by Dawn M Simmons
11.1 Daybreakers by Spierig Brothers
11.3 NSFW by Lucy Kirkwood
Dolores Roach 1, 2, 3
11.4 Dolores Roach, 4, 5, 6
11.5 Dolores Roach 7, 8
11.6 Veep 5.2
11.7 Veep 5.5
11.8 Mad Monster Party (Rankin/Bass)
11.9 BARCC Gala
11.10 The Big Sick, d. Michael Showalter, w. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily W
11.11 Samantha Bee 11.9
11.12 dirty rotten scoundrels by frank oz
11.13 365 Days/Plays: Nov - Dec.
11.14 Comedy Lineup: Kate Willet
11.15 Veep 5.6 (finished)
11.16 The Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The People Vs. OJ Simpson Ep 1
11.17 Gimme Danger, w/d Jim Jarmusch
11.18 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, w. Bill Goldman, dir. George Roy Hill
11.19 The People vs. OJ Simpson, Ep 2
11.20 Veep 5.7
11.22 Blood & Ivy, by Paul Collins
Neo Futurists Plays 1 - 15
11.23 Veep 5.9
Neo Futurists plays 15 - 30
11.24 Esquire November 2018
NeoFuturists Plays 30 - 50
11.25. Widows, w/d Steve McQueen (w Gillian Flynn)
People vs OJ Simpson Ep 3, 4
Vanity fair December 2018
11.26 People vs. OJ Ep 5
11.27 finished 100 Neo Futurist Plays
People vs. OJ Ep 6
11.28 People vs. OJ Ep 7
11.30 People vs. OJ Ep 8 and 9
12.1 People vs. OJ Ep 10
12.2 Holiday in Handcuffs (muted)
Patriots vs. Vikings
12.3 The Power by Naomi Alderman
American Vandal 2.1
12.4 Dramatist Guild Oct/Nov 2018
Extraordinary Homes Switzerland
12.5 National Geographic October 2018
American Vandal 2.2
12.6 American Vandal 2.3
National Geographic November 2018
American Vandal 2.4
12.7 American Vandal 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8
Rolling Stone November 2018
12.8 Cooking Light November 2018
12.9 The Favorite by Yorgos Lanthimos
12.10 Atlanta 2.1, 2.2
The Dramatist Nov/Dec 2018
12.11 Veep 1.3
12.12 Extraordinary Homes Japan
12.13 Veep 1.4
12.14 Atlanta 2.3 and 2.4, 2.5
12.16 Home Alone
12.17 Atlanta 2.6
12.18 Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious
Genius of Edward Gorey, by Mark Der
Atlanta 2.8, 2.9
12.19 Atlanta 2.10, 2.11
Esquire winter 2019
12.20 Vanity Fair December 2019
Mrs. Maizel 2.1
12.23 Penultimate Human Constellation by Ben and Steven Ostrowski
THE INTERROBANGERS by Sloth Levine
12.24 Veep 1.7
12.27 All Rights Reserved by Greg Katsoulis
12.28 Courtney Barnett: Tell me How you Really Feel
12.29 Throwing Shade
12.30 Throwing Shade
12.31 Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
Return of the King
JRexPlays is taking the rare step of printing an anonymous Op-Ed Essay. We have done so because we feel this is the only way to delivery this perspective to our readers.
President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.
It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or that he makes two awful decisions for each decision he has to make.
The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that as much as 70% of the voters in his own country are working diligently to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.
I would know. I am one of them.
To be clear, ours is not the silent, invisible, hard to notice “resistance” of the right. But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic. Who’d have thought?!
That is why many citizens have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.
The root of the problem is the president’s ineptness for the Presidency in all ways: moral, intellectual, remedial. It’s as if the job interview process was flawed.
Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds except concerning race, Israel, and gender; free markets and free people*.
At best, he is able to breathe and literally fill the chair he is required to sit in. At worst, aw Jesus do we really need to review this?
*- Ed Note: it became clear in conversations that the writer has a limited understanding of the definition of “people”
In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” that women are objects, that brown persons do not count, President Trump’s I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU STILL NEED AN ARGUMENT HERE.
Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: Mike Pence’s hair is shiny and full.
But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty, ineffective, racist, misogynistic, idiotic, problematic, ruinous, heinous in the anus, insulting to the American intelligence and embarrassing on the world stage.
From states around the nation, citizens will quite publicly and adamantly yell, tweet, and advertise their daily disgust at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.
It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.
This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of black women, the LGBTQ+ community, teens who hate being shot at at school, people of color who hate being shot at everywhere, and Twitter. This resistance is known as the Peep State.
Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the nation of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis.
SO YOU BETTER FUCKING VOTE AMERICA.