Miss Saigon

The first musical I ever saw was Carnival! In 1990 I was in London on a school exchange trip and we were taken to see the show. We were Soviet kids and completely weirded out by the whole thing. The genre was incomprehensible to us. 

Ten years ago, N took me to my first Broadway show to see Color Purple. It was our first really big date, we were crazy in love, and I was predisposed to like everything on that trip. But we were both completely baffled by the musical. We didn’t get the plot, couldn’t understand the pronunciations, and left the show feeling utterly confused. A little later he took me to see Hairspray. I’m not easily bored but during this show we were both bored stiff. So we concluded it wasn’t our genre and stopped going. 

This year, though, I saw two Broadway musicals, Lion King and Miss Saigon (today). And I adored both of them and had the best time. So I wonder. Have I become Americanized and absorbed the culture to the point that I now understand the genre? Or has the genre progressed so much in the last 10 years that it’s simply very superior to what it used to be?


The Talk

The talk went well, by the way. There were very few attendees because many people couldn’t make it even to their own sessions. I lost my convention badge, so I’ll have to go to the book fair in somebody else’s. Which means I won’t get to feel proud standing next to my own book at the exhibit. 


I don’t have many friends but the ones I do are all very profound people. I have a very busy brain that needs constant stimulation. It’s a hyperactive brain that contrasts with my slow and sedentary physical body. 

So when I’m forced to be around superficial people who don’t constantly make me think and see things differently, I experience physical pain. My head begins to hurt. It’s not an affectation, I really suffer. 

That’s also why I’m so rough with newcomers to the blog. I can’t stand having my time wasted on pompous yet trivial observations. 

And it’s always, “I don’t get why you are friends with this person.” Because she’s profound and fascinating, but you wouldn’t get what those words even mean, that’s why.