May 3·edited May 3Liked by Mari, the Happy Wanderer

I'm glad you watched Living. It's excellent. Its emotions and its message of doing something materially good for others (even if it's something small like getting a playground built) have really stuck with me.

I wonder sometimes, how much good would people do in the world if they weren't so preoccupied with the appearance of Being Good on social media instead?

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May 8Liked by Mari, the Happy Wanderer

I also love a good plot twist. However, your column made me think of a different response to the idea of the man riding off into the sunset to follow his dreams while the woman remains, wistful and forlorn, on the farm (or wherever). Do you remember the Sylvia cartoons by Nicole Hollander? There's one were Sylvia is watching television and the dialogue bubble says, "Honey, I love you, but I've gotta be movin' on." Sylvia's comment: "Break his kneecaps." I've always loved that as a response to the "a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do" movie ending. And that would be quite a plot twist!

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May 4Liked by Mari, the Happy Wanderer

Bejun Mehta is amazing! I hadn’t heard him before. What an expressive voice!

Philippe Jaroussky has really impressed me recently, among the countertenors - I find he has great warmth. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zq49rymjvNg&pp=ygUXemVmaXJvIHRvcm5hIG1vbnRldmVyZGk%3D

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Thanks for the recommendations!

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