La Figa. The phrase is a dreadful pun incorporating Italian slang; a French daily newspaper; and a comedic opera written in 1775 known also as La Folle Journée, Foolish (or Crazy) Day, which was banned in Vienna for satirizing the aristocracy. Eventually it became a Mozart opera, The Marriage of Figaro, subtitled The Day of Madness.
Those things pretty much sum up a blog about the intersection of politics, entertainment and pop culture: Slang, puns, the peculiarity of every day, and of course, news. There’s really no need to satirize our politicians or celebs–they do a fine job of being objects of jaw-droppery on their own!
To give a fig means to care, in that not giving a fig means not caring. There’s a hand gesture also referred the as the fig which carries two meanings: To tell someone to buzz off, or to deflect a curse. To the Romans the fig was associated with feminine charms and was sacred to the satyr aspect of Bacchus. While the bodhi tree under which Gautama sat to reach enlightenment was said to be a type of fig, for centuries in the West fig leaves have been used to hide certain things related to the satyrs and the charms of women.
So what does this all mean? That I care about a progressive agenda. And hopefully that fig leaves on stupidity will be lifted and maybe there will be a little enlightenment on certain subjects. Oh, and that I expect I’ll be told to buzz off by some folks, and I might even get cursed at once in a while.
Since mid-September I’ve been blogging for Campaign Silo and Firedoglake where you can get a sense of what I cover, along contributing to Huffington Post and various other sites. I’m also a frequent guest on the popular Irish radio program, the Dave Fanning Show. I wrote a book called Las Vegas with Kids. And I’ve written for numerous national magazines including Spin and Details, along with writing for and editing Grammy Magazine and Sacred History Magazine, where I delved into issues of faith and culture including columns on the mytho- and theological aspects of food, because really it’s pretty strange that a major schism was spurred by a debate over whether communion wafers should be made from leavened or unleavened bread.
Blogging is the (post) modern version of the pamphleteers of London, Paris and the American Revolution, who used their well-hidden printing presses to address social and political issues. And just to tie it all together: In Beaumarchais’ Le Mariage de Figaro ou La Journee Folle, written during France’s pre-Revolution pamphleteering explosion, the character of Figaro–who along with being a barber/surgeon was an occasion pamphleteer–speaks out for the legitimacy of a literary career and the necessity of a free press that is a pre-condition of that legitimacy.
Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland’s most popular radio broadcasts and blogs occasionally for Huffington Post and other sites.
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