Please make a post or posts about a Jewish thinker, artist, activist etc. that has made you or your world better. Tell me about the impact they had on you and the world. Big or small, I want it all. sayeth Mo Jave
It’s hard to narrow this down to even one, as famous people aside, I grew up in Skokie, IL and then went to college an hour or so north of NYC, so virtually every single best friend of mine since I was four has been Jewish.
But if we’re going got talk famous people — Jewish-American culture is American culture, we’re all soaking in it — I’ll name-drop Harlan Ellison and Chris Cornell.
I realize he is a problematic figure now, but Ellison was the writer I wanted to be when I was in my teens and 20s. No other author has ever had the effect on me that he did.
Cornell is my vision of gorgeous manhood and musical genius; if there’s an album I’ve listened to more than Supeunknown, I’m not sure what it is.
Proud gamer dad moment: my son wanted to paint a red train of his blue like Thomas, so I got out the Reaper paints I haven’t used in ten years and let him get to work. We event spray-primed it in advance.
I finally got around to season three of Supergirl. Thoughts after the break.
Stuff I liked:
Melissa Benoist, as usual; she is a joy to watch
J’onn and his dad (no, you’re crying)
Alex’s whole arc with Maggie and motherhood
Crisis on Earth -X (Benoist and Gustin on the same screen is pure magic)
Winn’s episode (arguably my favorite of the season)
The Legion of Superheroes
The overall woke-ness of the series
The Davners Sisters, teen detectives
Adrian Pasdar, who is great at playing guys you hate
Stuff I didn’t like so much:
The whole Reign storyline and its associated religious/magic mumbo-jumbo
The forced intrusion of Sam and Ruby as characters who we are now supposed to love as much as the main cast
Guardian, as always
Erica Durance replacing the former actress playing Alura (the forced-ness of it, not that it’s Durance; she’s great)
Alura and Kara being so damn stoic with each other despite the miracle of finding each other again
Mon-El being back but being all grim and sad all the time
People being sad about people having to go back to the future or to Argo, despite the fact that apparently, it’s really easy to travel back and forth — seriously, Win and Mon-El, just come back to ten seconds after you left.
Greg Stafford, a man who was enormously important to me on a personal and professional level (more than he ever possibly could’ve known) died Friday. This is about him and how a moment of mad optimism which he made real changed everything about my life.
I was re-bagging some old comics yesterday and was reminded just how many goddamn ads there were in these things. And then I thought about how bizarre it is that people were so concerned about the impact of the content of comics books on children, but nobody ever seemed to give a damn about all of the product scams and MLMs foisted on kids in this medium. Fucking capitalism, man.
Bonus shock for seeing all the ads featuring OJ Simpson (and to a lesser extent, Pete Rose) BITD.