Sunday Summary #39

THIS IS EVERYTHING.  Thor hanging out with Darryl in Australia, unhappily “not caring” about Tony Stark and Steve Rogers fighting without him, making nonsense mystery boards about the Infinity Stones…PERFECT.

“Dude? Don’t you get it??  Here at Lambda Alpha Lambda, we keep toxic masculinity in check!”

Let’s make this man our next vice president!

The Death of Cultural Irony

My friend Elizabeth recently brought an article called “‘Hamilton’ and the end of irony” to my attention.  Because it is about Hamilton, I was immediately interested, but it drew me in further by making some really interesting cultural observations.

I had the good fortune a few weeks ago to see “Hamilton,” the musical currently swallowing Broadway whole (AND WHOSE CAST RECORDING IS NOW AVAILABLE TO STREAM ONLINE!!!! YES, THIS ABSOLUTELY MERITS ALL CAPS! THIS IS LIKE BROADWAY CHRISTMAS! ALSO THE WHOLE THEME OF THIS PIECE IS SHARING YOUR ENTHUSIASMS!!!).

(Ahem.)

Alexandra Petri makes the astute observation that Hamilton is an earnest musical about an incredibly earnest guy, and that this sincerity is the heart of its success.

I agree!  I think we live in an age of sincerity, if I can steal a phrase from Jonathan Fitzgerald’s article “Sincerity, Not Irony, Is Our Age’s Ethos.”  Uninhibited love for things is everywhere, from the 90s nostalgia of my generation to the huge success of The Avengers movie.   Continue reading