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It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.

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I had a brief moment of insanity yesterday. I saw something I've seen a million times but it hit me differently, striking deeper than usual. I saw someone arguing a pro-life stance claiming to have journal articles, evidence, facts, etc that backed up her views on when life began and women who regretted having abortions, and of course, videos of what goes on at Planned Parenthood. When asked to show us these things, but with the caveat that it not be "those videos that were shown to have been faked" (with a link clarifying it was the Daleiden videos that were faked), the woman immediately started arguing about those particular videos and that indictment, stating that evidence had been "cherry-picked" (they love this phrase) and that the trial didn't tell the whole story. She clearly believed that, regardless of whatever else happened, the videos told the truth, and the media and legal system twisted it another way.

I felt the same rage and frustration rise …

The end is built into the beginning.

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After I talked a big game about how seeing theatre is always work, about how for me there is never magic, I had the floor ripped out from under me last night, and it was amazing.

It wasn't immersive either - imagine that.

Last night I saw Andrew Schneider's YOUARENOWHERE at the Walker Arts Center. And I am not over it. It hit me hard, not just because of that thing it did. It had all these allusions to life, death, and time running out, how the end is here before you know it, and well...too soon, that's all I have to say to that.

It wasn't just that, though. It was also the repeated use ofDavid Lynch imagery - I've acknowledged that Lynch is one of the things that has come the closest to possibly "scaring" me, and the uncanny has always had a much deeper effect than any horror element ever has. The first two minutes of this show contained more frightening imagery than an entire 8 months of horror immersive theatre, but that's only if, like me, the abo…