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Dawn this morning:Dusk May 18:
Really lovely, almost makes me wonder if they designed the building with your view in mind.
Meanwhile, in atheist news, a runaway hit Broadway musical who’s signature song literally means “Fuck you God” swept yesterday’s Tony Awards, including the awards for Best Musical and Best Score, including lyrics. Repeating for emphasis: the Tony’s just gave their biggest awards to the “Fuck you God” musical.
For those who haven’t listened to Parker, Lopez, and Stone’s Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon”, get on Google and do it now. The music is great and the lyrics are better.
Parker, Lopez, and Stone just produced today’s atheist anthems. They cover it all: theodicy, why god couldn’t have written down good laws, and all deeply, deeply but openly blasphemous (“Gonna BAPTISE You!”). Plus a lot of discrete Disney slurs.
One central part of Mormonism that Parker and Stone don’t address directly is polygamy and Joseph Smith’s proclivity for young girls. But they sure handle this allegorically, tying Smith’s behavior to a hideous practice introduced early in the musical. It’s all terribly hilarious.
The musical culminates with the supporting character founding his own new, much better, religion by introducing a couple basic proclamations (don’t rape babies, don’t cut off clitorises) not covered by Jesus or Smith.
The show really gets started with the number “Hasa Diga Eebowai”—the Tony-Award-winning song that means, literally, “Fuck You God”, beautifully delivered. The entire cast recording is at NPR’s site and YouTube.
Hasa Diga Eebowai!
Our library was sent some ‘literature’ by the fundamentalist Mormon Church – revelations of Warren Jeffs. This stuff is psychotic!
Psychotic, indeed. I’ve just been browsing a PDF of Hervey Cleckley’s “The Mask of Sanity”, his 1941 book (repeatedly revised) about psychopaths and a book I’ve read more than once before. (Beware, the PDF has font substitution issues under Linux. Also, used copies of the book itself are rare and costly.)
In his opening remarks, Cleckley specifically makes reference to crazed religious beliefs (including old farts who predict the millenium and then blame the non-event on faulty arithmetic). The tie-in is that while such believers aren’t certifiably insane, they’re definitely off-kilter. The implication is that religious psychosis is on the same spectrum, though far removed from, overt psychopathology. With various self proclaimed prophets like Jeffs, I’m pretty sure the is a lot closer to outright psychopathology, however.
URL for that PDF, for those curious:
I assume we are facing north?
The dusk one is nice one. Best one I’ve seen. All the other ones bother me with the “contrast” or “levels” or “gammas” or whatever the hell they call it. (Photo experts please chime in.)