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    Roseanne Barr vs. Roseanne: How We Rate What One Says vs. What One Does

    "Roseanne," the show, both the original and the revival, are extremely radical in its handling of topics as lesbianism, crossdressing youth, teenage sexual awareness, women’s rights, and political differences in families. Yet because of the star’s recent utterances, which often border both on the inane and the insane, viewers and critics see the show through Roseanne-Barr-colored glasses, and are oblivious to actually what is being portrayed, which is often an anti-Trumpite agenda. How hard is it to separate the "art" from the person?

    • This is a fantastic, and it is often considered when thinking about artists such as Johnny Depp and Woody Allen. There doesn't seem to be an easy answer to me, but I think by continuing to talk about this, a conclusion may be come to. – Bribbleisfreeble 2 years ago
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    • This is something I think about a lot in terms of artists and their music, which I think is a comparison you could make if you develop this into a full story. Take Kanye for instance, he recently showed his support for Trump on Twitter. Is it possible to listen to his music the same way after knowing his political alignment? If we can separate an artist from their work, does that mean that by enjoying their works we are supporting/validating their opinions? – Ian Anderson 2 years ago
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    • The Roseanne reboot doesn't strike me as radical at all. Rather, I think it sends a very safe, conventional message: love your family, even when your family includes mixed-race or cross-dressing children. It does little or nothing to send a more radical message that love should extend beyond the immediate family.The artist and the art are never entirely separate. Since the early 1960s, as a reaction to New Critical claims about the autonomy of the work of art, the separation of artist and art has been relentlessly questioned. We shouldn't dismiss anything simply because of who is involved in the project, but we also shouldn't dismiss the importance of who is involved in the project. In this case of this TV show, we see an obvious collapsing of the actor's name, the fictional character's name, and the show's own title. – JamesBKelley 2 years ago
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    • Just hours after posting I learned that Roseanne Barr got her show cancelled with a racist tweet. (Her tweets strike me as worse than simply "inane" or "insane.") The "Roseanne" version of love isn't all that revolutionary: "... it felt like an easy out, suggesting that as long as you’re good to your neighbors individually, it doesn’t matter how you treat people in the aggregate. (Roseanne’s neighbors are from Yemen, which her neighbors note is on the travel-ban list that the president she voted for campaigned on.)" (James Poniewozik, New York Times, May 22, 2018). Your topic is certainly still worthy of discussion, of discussion. I would definitely read an essay on that topic.– JamesBKelley 2 years ago
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    I adore Giovanni, and each time I reread Baldwin’s opus, I want to rescue him and situate the young man in a happier Room. If one person in literature should not be beheaded, it is certainly this unfairly cursed romantic.

    Rubyfruit Jungle’s Molly Bolt I desire as a best pal. She’s so boldly outrageous, I would await her daily phone calls with an addict’s passion.

    As for Céline’s delightfully abhorrent, endlessy flawed Ferdinand Bardamu, I can’t wait to revisit Journey to the End of the Night, but once a decade is probably a suitable amount of time to pass between encounters.

    So is not being able to get enough of, the same as being in love? It doesn’t sound healthy, but possibly the characters I relish explain why my relationships have been so goddamn unsuccessful.

    Can You Really Fall In Love With a Fictional Character?

    One of the best adaptations of a book was recently screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. Jeremiah Zagar’s We the Animals is a brilliant celluloid take on the prize-winning 2012 novel by Justin Torres. The two works enhance each other to an amazing degree. You watch the film, then you want to read the book, then you want to rewatch the film, and so forth. This tale of poverty, brutality, race, brotherly love, and coming out strikes a chord that you won’t want to be silenced. Too bad you can’t overlay one work on the other and experience them simultaneously.

    The Art of Adaption

    As Freud noted, “Time spent with cats is never wasted.” I used to agree. After living with a feline for 22 years, who died in 1991, I never entered another mouser relationship out of fear that the pet would outlive me . . . and then what?

    Sadly, in recent years, to fill that emotional chasm, I have taken care of numerous friends’ cats, and many have proven psychotic or annoying as that T.S. Eliot musical. Quite possibly they contracted the bilious neuroses of their owners.

    Surprisingly, I have recently developed a fondness for my new Dyson vacuum cleaner. I leave it out in the living room, and once or twice a day I let it purr over my rug, whether necessary or not. No cat litter. No Purina Cat Chow. And if I die, I know dozens of folks who would take care of it with unbounded fondness.

    Engrossing article, by the way,

    The Truth About Cats and Artists