This performance is brilliant. If you don't have 9 minutes to watch it, start the video at 6 minutes and play to the end. Then you'll probably find 9 minutes to listen to the whole thing. Decent earbuds are a must.
We saw I Tonya on Sunday night. I hadn't had much interest in it, but what we see isn't always up to me.
If you're not familiar with this film, I Tonya is the story of Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, with particular focus on her personal relationships and the infamous attack on Nancy Kerrigan. The story is told from the perspective (or lies) of Harding herself, her ex-husband and her mother. All make conflicting claims about what really happened.
Harding generally comes across as a victim of an abusive mother and an abusive husband, though the film doesn't ultimately pronounce judgment on whether or not she knew in advance about the attack on Nancy Kerrigan.
I found the film absorbing and Harding sympathetic as portrayed, though I remain skeptical of her account. I also felt a bit conflicted as I watched because the film drags Kerrigan back into the spotlight for an attack she'd rather leave in the past. She was, after all, indisputably the victim of a vicious attack, and she wasn't pleased with the release of this film.
I think I have a bit of extra sympathy for Kerrigan because my parents knew her back in the 90s, after the 94 Olympics. They used to take her to public appearances, as escorts/adults who would watch out for her. They liked her. She was a young person thrust into the middle of the ugly Harding mess, on top of all her fans clamoring for her attention. It was intense. She wasn't comfortable with all the public attention, and the public appearances were far more difficult for her than people might imagine.
Later, the press started going after her because now and then something might come out of her mouth that sounded snippy or impatient, and it seemed that the press was all to eager to turn the princess into a villain. It was tough, and I know she was doing the best she could.
I don't know if I'd have felt the same ambivalence about the film without the family history and a sympathetic point of view that comes from what I heard from my parents, but it did raise ethical qualms for me related to the making of films about victims of crimes and tragedies who do not wish to see the past dredged up on the big screen.
A Republican candidate who hopes to unseat a female Democratic senator in Missouri is drawing criticism for a statement he posted about women’s rights in which he called feminists “she devils” and said that he expected his fiancee to have dinner ready for him every night at 6 p.m.
“I want to come home to a home cooked dinner at six every night, one that she fixes and one that I expect one day to have my daughters learn to fix after they become traditional homemakers and family wives,” he wrote of his fiancee, Chanel Rion, saying he wanted his world to be more Norman Rockwell — the painter known for his depictions of classic American life — than the feminist Gloria Steinem. (Facebook/Courtland Sykes for Senate)
The candidate, Courtland Sykes, wrote that “radical feminism” has a “crazed definition of modern womanhood.”
“They made it up to suit their own nasty, snake-filled heads,” he said. “Men and women are different and gender-bending word games by a goofy nest of drugstore academics aren’t going to change anything — except the fantasy life of those confused people in ivory towers.”
He's vying for the Republican nomination, but I have a sneaking suspicion he won't get it.
I stopped by this cafe again this morning. I think it's going to be a regular Wednesday morning stop.
Anyway, I ordered a large cappuccino. The barista held up the cup, which was about the size of a Starbucks tall (which is small) and warned me that they use "Italian ratios." I guessed that he meant they use far less steamed milk per shot of espresso than Starbucks and many other cafes, but I asked him to explain. He confirmed what I was thinking.
When I first began to order cappuccino at Starbucks, my reaction was that they're adding far too much milk, so I would instruct them to use less milk. They didn't like handing me a half-filled cup, so I changed my cappuccino order to "bone dry," meaning fill the cup entirely with foam. It's a pain in the neck for them (takes longer), but they seem to prefer that to serving a half-filled cup to a customer.
I've wondered why Starbucks adds so much milk to cappuccinos, and sometimes I would doubt my childhood recollections from a time when cappuccino was only served in Italian restaurants that owned a cappuccino machine, like the restaurant I worked at when I was 16. I guess my recollections are correct. I assume Starbucks test markets all their drinks, and they learned that people who order cappuccino don't really want traditional cappuccino. They want something that's more like a latte.