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137 weeks ago @ The Toast - Quiz: Which Romanov Da... · 1 reply · +8 points

Count me as another Olga/Tatiana only child with a fascination for stories about families containing lots of sisters.

137 weeks ago @ The Toast - Sondheim As I Understa... · 0 replies · +15 points

I'm in France right now and the most unexpected consequence of my trip to Monet's house at Giverny is that I got "Please Hello" stuck in my head! He collected Japanese prints and he had one titled something like "Foreigners From the Five Nations on a Sunday in Yokohama." I mean, how could I NOT.

I'm also the kind of intense Sondheim nerd that has made a pilgrimage to the Ile de la Grande Jatte and listened to "Sunday in the Park with George" on my headphones. I still loved this post.

139 weeks ago @ The Toast - So, You're Thinking Ab... · 0 replies · +30 points

San Francisco lady playwright here. Would you be upset if I printed out copies of this and gave them to any new acquaintance who expresses incredulity/confusion/curiosity when I tell them I'm involved in indie theater?

141 weeks ago @ The Toast - Relevant To Our Intere... · 1 reply · +2 points

For the last several months I have been very tempted to re-decorate my room in a color scheme directly inspired by Juniper's owl cloak (deep blue with touches of gold and white, as I recall).

145 weeks ago @ The Toast - W.B. Yeats, "Leda And ... · 1 reply · +18 points

When I was a sophomore in high school we did a Yeats unit and everyone had to memorize a poem and recite it in front of the class. I will NEVER forget the sight of a handsome, rather jock-ish male classmate reciting "Leda and the Swan" with the aid of a large wooden swan decoy -- caressing it and rubbing it on his thighs. Ever since then, I haven't been able to think of this poem without giggling.

146 weeks ago @ The Toast - John Keats' La Bel... · 8 replies · +37 points

This seems like a safe place to admit that I spent my Friday night alone at home giggling over this other piece, which rewrites "La Belle Dame" in the language of a cauliflower recipe (& vice versa):

My weekend has been bookended by "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" parodies.