DS9 Rewatch: “Rapture”, Etc.

"Ratpure" is a vehicle for Avery Brooks, and watching him play Sisko in the grips of religious ecstasy is remarkable and thrilling. His emotional gesturing is grand but rarely theatrical in this episode, and the fervor he infuses into the portrayal is viscerally powerful.

I admire “The Darkness and the Light” more than I enjoy it. It positions Kira squarely in the center of its moral universe, but at the end suddenly reveals her complicity in the violence surrounding her, all while letting the consequences roil the edges until we don’t know where she is in its ethical scheme — all subtly drawn out that I nearly missed it.

"A Simple Investigation": almost entirely boring, except for when O’Brien briefly breaks his Falcon character to say hello to Odo.

"Children of TIme": another one for admiration, this time complicating both Trek and American/Western European narratives about technology as a savior. But anyway: this episode undermines the Trekian-utopian notion that enterprising(!) Starfleet officers can technobabble their way through an impossible ethical-philosophical quandary — the “solution” that preserves the settlement of 8,000 and returns the Defiant crew back to their normal lives is a lie meant to assuage both the crew and viewers who’d seen Data, Wesley, or Spock call upon the deus ex machina, except this time it’s mentioned far too early in the episode and thus its fiction is revealed. Then, the appeal to sentiment — the crew spend an afternoon planting crops with children — pulls them to the inexplicable decision to sacrifice their lives as they’d known them (which is a hard if not impossible sell — one I never bought into, not in 1997, not now), only to have the old Odo (complete with his more humanoid face and his infinitely more human capacity for feeling) throw the plans literally off course.

And even if Yedrin’s plan to double the Defiant hadn’t been a lie, if it had been possible in the space of the series, the episode never considers that no matter what happens, one crew was going to be permanently shipwrecked on an alien world. What kind of resentment would you have against your double if you were the stranded one?

But the way that Yedrin confirms that he is indeed a Dax host and the way that Sisko cuts him off is played with genius by everyone involved. Also Sisko’s having the best time ever with that babby was too adorable. (Did I ever mention how much I love Avery Brooks?)

OMGOMGOMG PLZ BE TRUE

parenthetical-grrrl:

tybe:

parenthetical-grrrl:

I’m gonna shit my pants if Sleater Kinney’s really getting back together

I will need your pants because mine are already a mess.

Welp, the pants have been shat in.

We’re all out of pants, best feeling ever.

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yoiness:

Photography by ASH



 





Here’s the second image of our new project, A Year of the Pointe Shoe.
Each dancer has collected every pointe shoe they have worn for the season and we have created an image with their shoes.
 Araminta Wraith, Flying the nest.26 Pairs of shoes£1,00020 hours of preparing and sewing her shoes
Araminta Wraith
English National Ballet.

So menacingly ferocious, and the dancer’s name — Wraith! The first image can be seen here.

yoiness:

Photography by ASH

 
Here’s the second image of our new project, A Year of the Pointe Shoe.

Each dancer has collected every pointe shoe they have worn for the season and we have created an image with their shoes.
 
Araminta Wraith, Flying the nest.
26 Pairs of shoes
£1,000
20 hours of preparing and sewing her shoes
Araminta Wraith
English National Ballet.

So menacingly ferocious, and the dancer’s name — Wraith! The first image can be seen here.

(via pas-de-chat-saute-de-chat)

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GO GET ‘EM, SEXY.

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To Raise, Love, and Lose a Black Child: The Life and Death of Jordan Davis

Every other paragraph has an earth-shaking, conscience-rattling turn of phrase, so read the whole thing.

And as of yesterday, Michael Dunn was convicted of first-degree murder, after which the judge in the case said: “Mr. Dunn, your life is effectively over.”

OMGOMGOMG PLZ BE TRUE

parenthetical-grrrl:

I’m gonna shit my pants if Sleater Kinney’s really getting back together

I will need your pants because mine are already a mess.

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Lindy Hopper, Heal Thyself

momo2 answered your question “Is This What Follows Deal With on a Regular Basis?”

it’s poor form to act like a teacher whether you are a lead or a follow, and I have had to bite my tongue more than once

The lesson here is not lost on me; as good as it felt in the moment to talk back, I was no less rude than the leader, who, it turns out, is an otherwise nice guy after talking a little more with him.

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Alec MacGillis tells Fallows:

Is This What Follows Deal With on a Regular Basis?

At one recent dance, the male-female ratio was so skewed that I spent the majority of my time following — a first for me. I’ve been struggling with swing ennui (ennsnuing? Sorry) lately, and following that much was a new enough experience that my night was a lot more fun than it’s been in a while, although I had one exchange that stuck out.

During one dance, the lead noted to me, “Huh, I thought they’d have taught you 6-count before,” because our feet kept getting tangled during transitions between 6- and 8-count. I tried to ignore the presumption and passive-aggression of the statement, but after the song ended, he asked me about it again. At my most diplomatic, I would’ve struggled to find a tactful answer, and so I blurted out, “Then lead it next time.”

(Of course, I’ve only been following since about May, but when I dance with my dance buddies who lead me, we don’t have the same degree of difficulty.)

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#402: MALE LEADS WHO REFUSE TO DANCE WITH MALE FOLLOWS IN CLASS BECAUSE, “NO HOMO”

lotsofcatsandcheapwine:

lindyhopproblems:

SUBMISSION

As a teacher, I nearly punched them in the back of the head

Here ya go:

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