"I fear to watch, yet I cannot turn away."
Yesterday I traveled to Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend, Ontario to see the musical “Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story.” The Buddy Holly storyline itself ended up with a cursory treatment, providing framework for what turned out to be essentially a focus on Buddy in concert. And what a performance!
This energetic musical plays through August 12 at this theatre, and I would highly recommend the show for anyone looking for entertaining diversion and within reasonable driving distance of this locale. The musicians are great and the show totally rocks!
“Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue - oh how my heart yearns for you
oh Peggy - my Peggy Sue...”
I attended the first session of a class in travel writing last night. As I got home, I started poring over my shelves to find examples of the genre. Some leapt out at me. So here's a random-walk, dartboard-at-the-page first quick pass. I sort them here from the most unequivocal examples, to examples I have to justify.
I read all of these years ago; I remember that I picked up the book somewhere unexpected, like a Salvation Army or at some church book sale, and read nothing in it for a long time, carrying it from place to place. As I remember it, I then picked it up one day to read "Shooting an Elephant" on someone's recommendation, and then devoured the whole thing. He's an engaging essayist with a penetrating, if jaundiced view. Viz the opening to his essay on Kipling, when he observes that in definding Kipling against the charge of being a fascist, he writes that:
... [T. S. Eliot] falls into the opposite error of defending that which is indefensible. .... Kipling is a jingo imperialist, he is morally insensitive and aesthetically disgusting. It is better to start by admitting that, and then to try to find out why it is that he survives while the refined people who have sniggered at him seem to wear so badly.
Which is to say, Eric Blair was a tough-minded "T", like me; an INTP, to be specific, or at least, that would be my guess. If he was going to understand the situation, it was important not to mystify it. This is perhaps why he got on so poorly with other socialists....
That will do for now, I suppose.