Tuesday, May 17, 2005


Perhaps I mean my life. Maybe. Or it might just be library books, videos, blogging, and quality time with my wife. The musical has a way of eating all my spare time.

The problem is the singing, or rather, my singing. It is a real challenge for me. I'm used to doing things that I am already good enough at to get by. But for this music, that is definitely not the case. So I spend as much of my spare time as possible trying to get all the notes right. It is pretty hard when you can't read music and there is no melody to follow. I'm getting better. Last night our musical director, Dr. David Kaplan, did his best to reassure me that it was 'all a process' and that I was getting the job done.

On the flip, as I have always found, it is terrific to work with so many young, talented, or (my favorite) young AND talented people. I can come home from a rehearsal at 10pm, exhausted, and still not be able to sleep for an hour or two because I am so full of adrenaline.

Bad news for Vin and James... I said I would likely be in for this QT, but alas, it cannot be. I shall have to settle for offering my corpse up for slaughter on Saturday. And Vin, I'll see you at the ACC on Thursday, I hope.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

(Full) House of Leaves

Present... Geof, Mike, Vin, James
Regrets... Dave

What a glorious sight; four hulking copies of House of Leaves, three caffinated beverages, two pirate shirts and... (you know the rest, sing along).

Vin presented his fully fleshed theory on the central truth behind the characters in the book. No surprises, but his evidence was very well supported and will make a nice way to try and get a little extra mileage out of some of the (not so) minor characters. In deference to James, I will not mention some of the other things that were discussed.

To hell with it. James, spoiler alert...
Vin contends that everything comes down to the relationsip between Truant and his mother.. The realities of all the other characters are called into question in this vision. They can all be generalized into a formula where one person represents Truant (or an aspect of) and another, Pelafina. It all works rather smartly . Especially when looking at the Minotaur as Pelafina and Truant as Theseus.. We have not yet heard what his exact analysis of this relatioship is, but when we do, I' m sure that Freud would be proud.

An excellent analysis of the story, but doesnt touch on what I see as the main idea within the book (which I am sure it could by the way). Geof points to the descriptions of the house showing it to be a labyrinth, through which twists and turns there is no escape. Analysis is futile because the truth is deliberatly and indelibly smeared beyond recognition. I guess that is almost right. To be fair, Geof is only a short way into the book after a multi-year sabatical with no nourishing discussion. Go Geof!

Simplicity. The big joke of House of Leaves. The House, whatever it may be or represent, cannot be navigated on its own convoluted terms. Only by rejecting the complex and obfuscating can you escape, which is exactly what both Navy and Karen manage to do in the end. It also explains the non-effect on the cat and dog from earlier.

One of the big questions for me is what about Tom and Lude? How do they fit into any of these ideas? What is their role in the house in the grandest sense? Twins literally and figuratively to Nav and Truant. So what?


Now the bad news. I am almost certainly out for the QT duration until at least July. Having a Tuesday committment between Monday and Wednesday evening rehersals can no longer work for me and I have no plans to reschedule the day. I will try and make most of Saturday gaming, however, so I don't quite plan to dissappear entirely...yet

We should really have a chat about Mother's Day plans.