03 May 5 Friyays: May 3
Hey, y’all. Dr. Donnelly here, and I had a pretty crappy week. One of those where a whole lot of work kept happening – you ever have one of those – and it felt like I was the mythical Sisyphus pushing my daily boulder up the hill. I had pockets and breaths of joy, but mostly? I stared at walls and wondered what I was doing. This was a week of putting one foot in front of the other, and trusting that I’d wake up the next day with a little more clarity and a fresh supply of hope. My list this week, therefore, are those small breaths and reminders that joy comes in the morning. This also might be the nerdiest post I’ve ever done, and lawd is that saying something.
Love You, 3000.
One of those breaths? Avengers: Endgame. Dr. Hinson warned you guys that I’d talk about this movie, and who am I to disappoint! But I actually can’t talk about it, because the directors have asked for the spoiler-ban to remain in place through this weekend. What I can tell you is that I loved it. Are there moments I would change? Sure, but that’s what fanfiction is for.
It was a celebration of a canon that we have been living in for 11 years and it was a worthy one. In not-spoiler language, though, it also gave me a new sign-off in my conversations with my husband and with Dr. H – “love you, 3000”, which is from a pivotal relationship in the movie. Have you seen it? I’m DYING to talk about it, so please, please, please DM us.
An Archive of Our Own
Have you heard of fanfiction? It’s essentially fans of a certain work – Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Trek, etc. – taking the established characters of that world and playing with them a bit. I’ve been reading (and writing) it since the days of Dawson’s Creek in the late 1990’s and it’s one of my favorite forms of self-care and escape. Just like all other publishing, some of it is absolute drek, but the ones that are good? They are gooood. Some can be hundreds of pages (I’m in the middle of a 500-page opus at the moment), some just a few hundred words. Some focus on the canon of a specific universe, and some are really, really divergent. For me, some stories and worlds are so good that I want to live in them longer than the author does. I know a lot of us feel that way about Harry Potter, and that’s not the only world like it. Playing within the sandbox provided is such a joy and it’s also so much fun to see how many really good writers there are out in the world. As long as none of us collect money for the works, the copywrite holders seem quite happy to let us play. Some of the actors responsible for the characters have admitted reading tales and really enjoying them.
All of that to say – the main site these things are hosted on now is called An Archive of Our Own and it was designed, built, and is run entirely by a team of dedicated women engineers who love stories as much as I do. The site itself was recently awarded with a Hugo for outstanding achievement in the advancement of science fiction, and I can’t think of a better place. Searchable by tags that are both helpful and sarcastic (my current binge is on “Howard Stark’s A+ Parenting”) and lets readers experience their favorite fictional worlds exactly as they’d like to. For anyone open to the idea, I can’t recommend it enough.
Tony Nominees 2019
It’s almost Tony time! The 2018-2019 Broadway theatrical season officially wrapped a few weeks ago, with the opening of Beetlejuice and the ultimate awards were announced this week. Topping the charts are the musical Hadestown and the play To Kill A Mockingbird. Dr. H and I have both seen Mockingbird, and Hadestown was on our list before the nomination, so it’s certainly there now. I’m seeing another nominee, Tootsie in a few weeks. All in all, the nominees reflect the critical chatter for the season, and I, personally, am thrilled for Celia Keenan-Bolger, who plays Scout in Mockingbird and was my favorite part of the production.
Free Comic Book Day
Tomorrow, May 4, is the annual Free Comic Book Day at independent comic book shops across the nation. I celebrated last week’s Independent Bookstore Day with a visit to Capital Books in Washington, D.C., and this week I’ll be at Amalgam Comics in Philadelphia to pick up my copies of whatever they have for me. Comics are frequently overwhelming to me – where do you start, even! – so I’m always grateful for NPR’s Glen Weldon and his annual guide.
Sara Sings About Armor
Last week, Dr. H shared a video with you for Sara Barellis’ new single, “Armor” and it may seem like cheating to mention it again. I don’t care. I have listened to this song – according to my Spotify – 52 times this week and that even seems low. I have rarely resonated with a bop as quickly and strongly as this one and it was a constant source of breath this week. This is also, for the record, a different video, that includes some of the lyrics to the song and a whole lot of fabulous women throwing sass and shapes as they groove.
That’s it from me and my meh week. Welcome to May, everyone, and Dr. H will be back next week.