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January 12th, 2015


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07:46 pm - Joy
Outside it's been raining for hours. The thunder has stopped, but looks like the precipitation will linger a while -- which is slightly inconvenient when Master Danger refuses to go out, but what can you do. I'm on my last cup of hot herbal tea for this pot. I'm thinking about Things That Bring Joy.

I'm almost finished with the Alicia Drake study of 1960s through 1980s fashion, and her reporting about 1980s Paris fashion, including the dark vision of Claude Montana, has several fashion insiders bemoaning the loss of joy from the design world at that point. (Additional culprits: AIDS; the effects of drug abuse, especially heroin.) Yves Saint Laurent in the full flush of early 1970s creativity, making women look amazing while he served his muse? That, they said, was joy. And it makes sense to me.

With Agent Carter last week and The Librarians last night, I'm finding joy in television right now. (I find joy in Doctor Who too, but it's always complicated by other considerations.) Agent Carter is, as I raved last week, style and punches and clothes and heart. The Librarians, that edge-of-camp genre show that could, hit its stride with "The Rule of Three," which combined a Buffy the Vampire Slayer early-season setup (a high school science fair, magic) with tender, true character moments from Christian Kane's Jake and Lindy Booth's Cassandra, a rock-solid anchoring performance by Rebecca Romijn as Baird, and a neat twist with Alicia Witt's guest turn. Also, by no means last, JOHN FREAKING LARROQUETTE.

The way Larroquette does exposition is in itself magic. (As is any show that lets Christian Kane recite Byron.)

I was thinking about how neither show avoids the darker side of loss, of violence, of choices gone horribly wrong -- but there's a lightness of touch which is just joyous to watch.

Where are you finding joy these days?

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From:gwynnega
Date:January 13th, 2015 01:16 am (UTC)
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I watched Agent Carter last weekend and loved it as well! I also watched the first episode of the night-time soap Empire (co-created by Danny Strong!), which is also pretty amazing: King Lear set in the hip-hop world.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 13th, 2015 01:39 am (UTC)
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I'm contemplating watching Empire, although I tend not to like ongoing tragic stories. (Three hours at the theatre is fine. Twelve hours of my life is a different kind of investment.) I hear great things about Taraji P Henson's performance!

[hugs]
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From:anne_d
Date:January 13th, 2015 01:50 am (UTC)
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Sounds like you've got our rain. We had rain over the weekend, and sound and scent were definitely joy-inducing.

I enjoyed Agent Carter, and more than I expected, and The Librarians is growing on me. It's not Leverage, not yet, but I have hopes.

Joy is where you find it, and may we all find more joy this year. [hugs]
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From:laurawise
Date:January 13th, 2015 12:03 pm (UTC)
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The subtropics is usually dry this time of year, so 2 inches of rain is welcome!

I don't think The Librarians will ever be Leverage -- John Rogers has said that this is a family-friendly adventure, which is a different beast than the good-as-gold-grifters of Leverage -- but I hope you find things to enjoy anyway.

Hugs to you today!
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From:wildrider
Date:January 13th, 2015 03:32 am (UTC)
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I think I'd be happy with John Larroquette in anything at all -- he never fails to delight!

I'm finding I'm loving The Librarians -- just good fun!

We got a LITTLE rain, but any rain is good rain!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 13th, 2015 12:04 pm (UTC)
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Yay for rain in the desert, and yay for you! :)

[hugs]
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From:stateless82
Date:January 13th, 2015 05:19 am (UTC)
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I saw the encore of Agent Carter and it was wonderful! I'm looking forward to seeing more of The Librarians as well- fingers crossed the CW re-airs more episodes.

The other distinct moment of joy (or pleasure) was discovering how well a strong ginger cookie went with my tea this morning.

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From:laurawise
Date:January 13th, 2015 12:05 pm (UTC)
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The Librarians' short run is almost over -- next Sunday's the 2-part finale -- but I hope you get to see more. And yay for Agent Carter!

Ginger cookie with tea = AWESOME. Joy joy joy!

[hugs]
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From:paratti
Date:January 13th, 2015 11:06 am (UTC)
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Yay for Joy:)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 13th, 2015 12:05 pm (UTC)
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And yay for you!
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From:janus_74
Date:January 13th, 2015 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Love rain, as long as I don't have to be outside in it :)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 13th, 2015 10:28 pm (UTC)
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I had to be outside. ;) And I still loved it!

Cheers and a good middle of the week to you, T.
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From:heron_pose
Date:January 13th, 2015 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Agent Carter looks good -- I haven't caught it yet, but the local geek coffeehouse is onto it and has watching parties, so I may do that. (Saw the Christmas Dr. Who there as well, great fun, except Danny Pink ... why no more?)

Okay, Bob's Burgers is where it's been at for me for pure, unmitigated lightness. The family dynamic is what gets me. :-) And it's streaming on Netflix.

Also, *someone* sent me some jasmine tea that is to die for, and I'm working on Du Bois, so, no complaints here.

::HUGS::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 13th, 2015 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for tea, geek coffeehouses, Du Bois, and you!

(I will miss Danny Pink.)

Hugs hugs!

PS. Pipers Tea. A husband-wife team of expatriates currently living in Kentucky, they make AMAZING blends. :) The initial outlay for their pots is pricey, but those are reusable, and all the blends I've tried are super-fantastic and most of them are organic. Provencal Grey (Earl Grey with organic lavender), 50 Greys, and the herbal rooibos-based Cure are favorites of mine, and stateless82 speaks well of the basic Herbal blend.

Edited at 2015-01-13 10:33 pm (UTC)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:January 15th, 2015 05:47 am (UTC)
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Thanks for The Librarians rec...looks like there's a marathon on Saturday so the machine is set to Record All... Agent Carter is awaiting a good time to watch.

In other good news, the totaled Prius was replaced with a surprisingly good deal, the septic tank issues have been addressed, I have been set free from physical therapy (the wrist is surprisingly near normal after 6 months) and all the tree that fell on the garage has been split and stacked for burning iver the next several years!

\o/

Happy New Year to us all!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 15th, 2015 12:00 pm (UTC)
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I was going to email you -- I've been wondering how everything was going after the tree disaster. YAY for replacement of car, fixing of septic tank, and preparation to use the fallen tree! And YAY for your healing too!

[hugs hugs]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:January 15th, 2015 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, two TV recs right in time for when I have a TV again. Thank you!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 16th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Hope you can find them and, if you do, hope you enjoy! :)

Cheers to you, and a good weekend.

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