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I did a report on him in fifth grade; I think I picked him because he was the one people almost never talked about (I was pretty obsessed with the Continental Congress around that time -- I had a Scholastic book about it and also one about the US presidents that I read over and over). And I discovered that he was kind of a dick (well, I probably wouldn't have put it in exactly those terms at the time, but the fact remains), but an effective dick, the kind of dick a fledgling government needs if it's going to survive, because someone has to do the practical dirty work and deal with the overwhelming, necessary bureaucratic crap of it all. I wasn't sure if I liked him, exactly. I have mixed feelings about his legacies, even more so now that I understand more about the world, and obviously he had some personal flaws. But I couldn't help having a soft spot.

Which probably contributed to me crying my eyes out multiple times today, these huge wracking sobs, as I finally got around to listening to Hamilton for the first time. So many different emotions. (It's been a while since I had a good cry. I probably needed it.)

Governing is harder. Living is harder. He did his best, and he paid the price (so many different kinds of prices, for both the successes and the mistakes), and he kept going, and he got things out of it, and so did the people (and nation) around him, for better or for worse. What's more human than that? (Plus, I'm the daughter of immigrants. Immigrant stories are close to my heart.) And I am basically in love with the Schuyler sisters, because yes.

My mom (who is full of awesome; this is but one small example) decided that what she wanted for her 70th birthday was a trip to NYC to see Hamilton. We managed to snag some tickets, and it's not for months yet, but I'm so excited. ... I need to remember to bring tissues. A lot of tissues.

(ETA: Also, hello everyone! It has been far, far too long since my last post. I am still reading. I hope to get back to posting and interacting more. I have no idea if I'll manage it.)
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posted by [personal profile] desireearmfeldt at 01:01pm on 21/01/2016
*waves hello*

*is too sleepy to say intelligent things about Hamilton at the moment*
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 10:39pm on 21/01/2016
*waves back*

Later thoughts are also welcome, should you feel like expounding later! :)
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posted by [personal profile] desireearmfeldt at 04:47pm on 23/01/2016
I haven't actually listened to it that much yet, because it's one of those albums I can't text-process while listening to (at least, not until the lyrics are familiar), and when do I have a couple of hours to listen to a thing while not text-processing? :) So mostly, I've been watching it be a phenomenon on the internet & among some of my real-life friends, and being kind of bemused about what makes something a phenomenon. (And also occasionally getting cranky about the way it handles gender, given its stated philosophy about race/ethnicity, or perhaps about the fact that I don't know of anyone doing the equivalent thing for gender.)

I am with you on enjoying the "kind of a dick but an effective dick" characters (up to a point, or perhaps they have to be the right kind of dicks for me to want to care :) ). Though on the other hand...I think US culture is a little too fond of that archetype, where we send these mixed signals about how maybe if you're super smart/successful/good at what you do, then it's okay not to bother being nice to people, and maybe even expected that you *can't*. Though on the other other hand we also are very fond of the big macho-yet-sensitive superhero who's kind and sympathetic and cares about everyone's problems. So, I dunno.
posted by [identity profile] at 03:24pm on 21/01/2016
Hamilton is slowly overtaking my f-list, like some sort of creeping plague... :)
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 10:43pm on 21/01/2016
It's a plague worth catching! :)
posted by [identity profile] at 12:00am on 23/01/2016
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posted by [personal profile] athenejen at 05:06am on 23/01/2016
Hi! :)

That Larkin kid is really something, eh?
posted by [identity profile] at 09:04am on 23/01/2016
Oh yes! :D It's actually kind of exciting to watch hockey again!