Category Archives: Founding Fathers

Happy Birthday, George Washington

That video is not safe for work, by the way. Due to its total awesomeness. Here is a big post I wrote for Washington’s birthday in 2010. I love my father’s quote the best: “We were so lucky.”

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Hamilton on the Grammys

To be a broken record: I cannot believe that I have lived to see this happen. That I am alive at a time when this is happening. When this game-changing show – about a man I have loved since I … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Benjamin Franklin: Excerpt from Arguably, ‘Benjamin Franklin: Free and Easy’, by Christopher Hitchens

A re-post for Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, born in Massachusetts on this day in 1706. On the essays shelf: Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens My grandmother had a big illustrated copy of Poor Richard’s Almanac, which I had practically memorized by … Continue reading

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First Listen: Hamilton Cast Recording

NPR has a bunch of tracks up. As the accompanying article/review (which is excellent) says: Hamilton was only a matter of time. If we’re truthful, it’s late. Yup. Favorite songs that have stuck with me: “The Room Where It Happens.” … Continue reading

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Bling, Part II

Earlier this month, I wrote a post in defense of and contextualizing “bling.” Some guy had said he had a “visceral” dislike of “bling,” in regards to Straight Outta Compton on a Facebook thread and it bugged me. Bugged me … Continue reading

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“And the World Is Gonna Know Your Name. What’s Your Name, Man? Alexander Hamilton.”

This is Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda performing at the White House Spoken Word Jam in 2009. He was hard at work on his “concept hip-hop album” about a man he says “embodies hip-hop” … Alexander Hamilton. He performs the first … Continue reading

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Today’s the Day

I’ll be there. I’m curling my hair. In honor of my dead boyfriend. And the cast/crew/writers/composers of this production, not to mention Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow, without whom none of this would have happened.

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Hamilton Is Everywhere

Seen in the Columbus Circle subway station last night: Heart-stopping. I can’t believe I got a clear view of the whole thing, that subway station is always so insane. Here’s one of the many many MANY posts I have written … Continue reading

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Hamilton, An American Musical: Anticipation Building

I am seeing it on September 13 and I cannot wait. I fear I will faint. I’ve been watching the progression of this extraordinary show over the last year, and hearing the buzz of it shivering through the air. The … Continue reading

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