Tag: Satire

Sweeney Todd and cannibalistic Capitalism

There’s a hole in the world like a great black pit

And it’s filled with people who are filled with shit

And the vermin of the world inhabit it.

But not for long.

This past week I had the great luck to attend an advance screening of Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd, now the third (and a half) major incarnation of Sondheim’s 1979 musical, based on a 19th century pulp slasher.  Sweeney is the greatest of all musicals, combining sophisticated music and well-written characters in an almost impenetrably dark moral fog.  

What’s most interesting from our perspective is the way Sweeney Todd grapples with the problem of capitalism, an issue foregrounded in the classic Broadway staging and to some extent in the new film version.  Let’s take a closer look at a few moments that emphasize this critique.

Note: This essay contains spoilers, and plenty of them.  If you don’t want to know what happens in the musical/film, stop reading now.  

jay may be a troll, but pinche has been replicated

I hate to break it to you guys, but pinche tejano has been breached… and it’s hysterical…

here’s his front page piece at pff


and the repartee is great! enjoy…

My trip to a Jewish deli

reposted from daily Kos, inspired by an article there by FinckII

I was on the Upper West Side the other day.  And I went to Artie’s Deli, a fairly new Jewish restaurant.  I had a great time, and all the people there are tremendously respectful. Everybody was very nice.

And I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Artie’s Deli and any other restaurant in New York City. I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it’s run by Jews and primarily has Jewish patronship…

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