(WARNING: Contains disturbing sexual and violent content suitable for mature audiences only.) A chilling work of genius that got me vlogging after a hiatus of several months, the Emmy-award-winning, Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale, exaggerates and magnifies the insidious dynamics of present-day society, to bring home the profound power imbalance between men and women which, until now, remains a backdrop of, at best, silent oppression and, at worst, potential violence. Unlike Orwell’s 1984, this work isn’t predictive or even dystopian. IT’S NOW. Indeed, it’s so true that any menstruating girl will find its home truths ineluctable.
My second day back in Cincinnati. Highlight: meeting up with my brother’s best friend from high school, Jonathan Unger, who’s now a math teacher in Cincinnati. Through this single 90 minute encounter, I learn more about my brother than I’ve probably gleaned in the past 5 years!
My first full day back in Cincinnati, Ohio after more than 35 years, with Sam and my brother. We visit all the places which defined — and traumatized — us, the places which were the crucibles of my, if not our, personality. Sam told me that the best thing about this trip was getting to know his uncle James and me more — by listening to us revisit our childhood and experiences.
Day One of Sam’s graduation trip to Washington DC + Cincinnati, Ohio. Intention: To bring Sam to visit those cities and places where I grew up, so he can get not only a better understanding of non-NY, non-SF America. But his Mom. And, again, “real” America.