I’ve established a bit of a reputation for myself as a Professional Amanda Palmer basher, ever since I wrote an angry little parody poem in response to her “Poem for Dhzokhar” which ended up exploding onto BuzzFeed and The Guardian UK. I was never particularly fond of her, even before that — some of her music is fine, sure, but her Neutral Milk Hotel Jukebox Musical left a very sour taste in my mouth1, and her production of Cabaret at the American Repertory Theatre was the single worst (not to mention most masturbatory) professional theatre production I have ever experienced — but it wasn’t until recently that I really started seething at the mention of her continued existence on our shared plane of reality. That might sound a little extreme — she hasn’t, you know, killed anyone or anything — but the cognitive dissonance between the message that Amanda Palmer conveys and the things that she actually does fills me with such vehement anger, that I feel the need to articulate the ongoing problem that she continues to present.
I’m choosing to write about this now is because I’ve had a number of people bring my attention to her latest blog post about Justin Bieber’s arrest, all saying that they awaited my snarky response to it. And while sure, I could do that (hell, maybe I still will), I thought it would be better for me to take the Amanda Palmer approach and express my feelings in a rambling blogpost which I can then in turn proclaim to be “art” and thereby diminish any and all criticisms of my own shortcomings by blowing a raspberry at my detractors and say “IT’S JUST ART YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND I’M JUST TRYING TO EXPRESS MYSELF AND THAT IS BEAUTIFUL.”
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Hi! It’s a month into the New Year and I haven’t posted anything despite the fact that I promised myself I was going to blog more regularly in 2014 to express my thoughts in long form again! Whoops!
In the meantime, here’s video from the 2014 One Minute Play Festival, which featured two scripts by me. The complete show can be seen below, but my two plays can be found at about 1:01:11, and then around 1:41:55.
I’ve probably got a whole buncha other stuff I could share right now, including a ton of videos for the Huntington and my new Upworthy-parody website, SFFworthy. But I’m not going to do that right now. Instead, I’ll really-really-really-but-actually try to keep up on this, because frankly, there’s not excuse for not doing it.