The Memory Palace is an extraordinary podcast, one I have written about for this blog before. In case you didn’t check them out I am offering you a perfect opportunity to do so. Nate DiMeo has produced a special episode of the podcast about a new permanent installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In the Met they have these special rooms that are re-creations of famous rooms from different periods. They added a new room recently, known as the Rockfeller-Worsham Dressing Room, or gallery 742. The exhibition is open through May 1st, 2016 and the room will be there forever. I will be taking a trip this January to NYC to see the exhibit and will stand in it listening to this episode.Because… this episode is a very special creation. The Memory Palace always provides a fascinating story, a slice of American lore that is at all times disturbing, touching, emotionally overwhelming, and totally absorbing. He has a way of making big stories seem intimate and tiny stories seem massively important. This episode is a perfect example of that. He tells the story of the woman who owned this dressing room, the woman who was at one point the richest woman in America. Her name was Arabella Worsham and she was beautiful and clever and totally mysterious and Nate DiMeo brings her to life by narrating the story of her boudoir and dressing room. Here is my suggestion: Go see this exhibit and listen to this episode. Stand there in her room and listen to Nate DiMeo bring her to life. If you can’t make the trip, then listen to it anyway. It is a great introduction to the podcast and a pretty lovely creation.
Who hasn’t blogged about Jessica Jones at this point? There’s pretty much universal internet agreement that Marvel and Netflix have created another brilliant series following on the success of Daredevil earlier this year. I am not here to add a dissonant voice to the chorus; I loved Jessica Jones. The feminism! The darkness! The whole smiling issue! It hit all the right notes for me, and hopefully for you as well. If you haven’t watched it at this point then you are probably missing out on some vital conversations your friends are having. So join in- give it a watch. In ten seconds, Jessica Jones is about a woman who has survived being the victim of a man who can tell anyone to do anything and immediately have them comply. She has powers herself, mostly super strength, but the real point of her story is her attempt to face the man who abused her and stop him from abusing others.That man is played by David Tennant, the thread that links my post together today. He is, without much exception, one of the most terrifying and repugnant characters in television. He has the power to control others and that power has corrupted him terribly. Everyone I’ve talked to has commented on how wonderful David Tennant is in this role. Most who know him know his as the absurdly lovable Dr. Who so seeing him as a murdering misogynist is a bit jarring to say the least.He’s great- really, and a major reason to watch the show. But the Marvel Universe is not the only place to witness his greatness. Season two of Broadchurch was put up on Netflix recently. Starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman as detectives investigating the murder of a young boy in a small town, Broadchuch’s first season seemed to come to a natural end as the murderer was uncovered and arrested. Season two, thus, was unexpected in its brilliance. Season two weaves together the murderer’s trial and the reopening of Hardy’s (Tennant) first case. What is brilliant about the show is how it explores all the consequences of season one. The investigation was riddled with drama and personal issues and that has consequences in a court of law. The murder and the investigation really were just the beginning of this sad and fascinating story and as soon as you’ve been terrified by Kilgrave, you should immediately be saddened and uplifted by Alec Hardy. Check these shows out everyone- they are my recommendation of the week.
For extra credit check out David Tennant’s Hamlet. Really great stuff.