My shot


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It’s strange that a stage show running in one city is affecting the whole continent, but New York isn’t a normal place and Lin-Manuel Miranda clearly isn’t a normal man.

The killing in Orlando originally prompted my personal doctrine in response to political violence: refuse to be terrorized. One or a few people armed and keen to kill do not affect my thinking about politics.

I cried quite unexpectedly when I saw Miranda’s sonnet.

Reading more about the musical, and revelling in my BitTorrent audio, I am increasingly impressed by the virtuoso genius of the thing. Violence has sometimes been a decisive factor historically, but there is scope to hope that ideas and arguments can be our battleground as humanity learns to live all together on this small planet.

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a June 15, 2016 at 1:08 am

Charlotte Runcie discovers literary depth — for those of us who need scholar-interpreters — “Miranda’s poem reaches a climax with the penultimate couplet (which would have been the final couplet in a more conventional 14-line sonnet): And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love; Cannot be killed or swept aside. These two lines show mastery of the form from Miranda. The other lines in the sonnet have five stressed syllables each and are written in iambic pentameter, the meter most famously used by Shakespeare. But in the line “And love is love…” there are three extra syllables…

. June 15, 2016 at 1:10 am
a June 15, 2016 at 1:21 am
Milan June 15, 2016 at 1:47 am

I don’t know why, but I feel like I have been especially traumatized by the Pulse nightclub killings. Perhaps the reason why this slaughter has been so jarring for me was my longstanding hope that tolerance was spreading in North America about sex, gender, and sexual orientation.

I am in grief, but North American politics are also complicated, and I love some of the media and creativity which show how our collective life of ideas has moved so far and so fast.

Watching some of the earlier Lin-Manuel Miranda material which I had not seen has been especially affirming. For instance:

. June 19, 2016 at 3:44 am

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