Two people who shaped my growing up and coming out died this week – Earl Scruggs, the famous banjo player, and Adrienne Rich – the famous lesbian poet. I’m sad about both for different reasons.
- Scruggs passed away Wednesday in Nashville at age 88;
- He invented the three-finger style of banjo playing;
- With that style he ushered in the “modern” era of Bluegrass.
- Rich passed away Wednesday in Santa Cruz, Ca. at age 82;
- The article is a remembrance of Rich’s life, work and challenge to us.
On a separate note, Marianne and I saw the Hunger Games Friday night. I hadn’t read the book so I was going into the movie with only a general understanding about the plot. I did, however, read this before I went:
- Commentary on some of the racist comments currently zooming around Twitter about the choice of actors and actresses portraying Hunger Games characters;
- “Whitewashing” is everywhere in American television in movies – from black characters usually dying first to 2001’s HawthoRNe being the third primetime drama ever to feature a black female lead.
To finish, W. Kamau Bell: What is Happening to America? Or just press play below, ignoring the first 10 seconds or so of advertising.