June 13, 2016

"I’m not freestyling, I’m too old. I wrote you a sonnet instead."

Said Lin-Manuel Miranda, on winning the first of many awards for "Hamilton" at the Tonys last night.
In the ensuing poem he discussed his love for his wife, the Orlando shootings, and theater as a haven of tolerance and inclusivity — all in perfect iambic pentameter, through sobs. "The show is proof that history remembers," he said. "We live in times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall in light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer."
I was watching (and he made me cry):



What a lovely man. Never leave that wife. He must know.

(It's just by chance that this post on a man named Miranda follows my post on the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court case named Miranda.)

Here's a bit about Lin-Manuel Miranda's wife, Vanessa Nadal:
1. She is an Attorney Who Graduated From Fordham... 2. Before Going to Law School, She Was a Working Scientist... 3. She and Miranda Went to High School Together, But They Didn’t Connect Until Later...
Two months later, at a big crowded party, he didn’t exactly say, “I love you” but almost. “At some point, we met up for a kiss and he said, ‘You love me,’ ” she recalled. “I was like: ‘How presumptuous!’ I was a little angry but I couldn’t deny it.”...
4. They Got Married in 2010... 5. She Gave Birth to Their First Child, Sebastian, in 2014....

31 comments:

David Begley said...

The real Miranda.

LMM is the next Andrew Lloyd Weber.

Listen to "Helpless" if you haven't already.

Martha said...

Lin-Manuel Miranda—a remarkablly exceptional man in every way
and his genius is inspirational

sunsong said...

He made me cry too.

Martha said...

Ann, you might enjoy the surprise Lin-Manuel Miranda performed for new wife Vanessa Nadal at their wedding:

http://youtu.be/KgZ4ZTTfKO8

Miriam said...

With words such as Miranda's, who wouldn't cry? The hard hearted, the close minded, the soulless?

jake said...

a Working Scientist? Are things so bad out there that we must distinguish those scientists that are gainfully employed from those that say, peddle AGW nonsense?

Ann Althouse said...

Thanks, Martha. That was great.

This seems to be the most likable, lovable celebrity to come along in ages.

Carol said...

Ehh, getting tired of the Hamilton hype, especially since I can't go see it.

But this sounds sorta like the Mel Brooks-Anne Bancroft romance. Ugly guys can be a lot of fun.

jr565 said...

"The show is proof that history remembers," he said. "We live in times when hate and fear seem stronger. We rise and fall in light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer."
And I immediately recoiled. Because this struck me as a platitude that people on the left always say when tragedy strikes. Love will overcome hate. Blah, blah. When he started crying I thought "what a sap"
People are going to forget this in a week. Like when everyone was in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo and vowed 'never again" and then when the next terrorist attack occurred, there was no massive march and solidarity from world leaders.

J2 said...

The video of his remarks segues to an anti gun video. ?

J2 said...

Anti gun video by Vox.

rhhardin said...

Gak. Women fall for this crap.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

The show is proof that history remembers...

Hamilton drops muskets from awards show performance.

Apparently history only remembers that which is convenient for it to remember.

EDH said...

More gracious and positive than the Ken Burns rant.

Fernandinande said...

history remembers

By definition.

Titus said...

touching-made me cry.

Ann Althouse said...

"Hamilton drops muskets from awards show performance."

Interesting. We watched the performance, and we were talking about how these people were the terrorists of their day. They had their grievances, their ideology, their deep conviction and willingness to kill and die for it, to use nontraditional fighting methods against the established authority, and to feel very righteously glorious about the whole thing.

David Begley said...

Ann Althouse wrote, "Interesting. We watched the performance, and we were talking about how these people were the terrorists of their day."

Hamilton and Washington were not terrorists. They were fighting a declared war against an invading and uniformed army.

Robt C said...

Following on David Begley:
If you want to use a term for the Founders, use "freedom fighter," not terrorist. Terrorists deliberately target innocent people. Folks like Samuel Adams, who fomented dissent against the British prior to the actual fighting (Lexington, etc. and the Declaration), targeted British interests and officials, not innocents. Once the British army and the Colonials began fighting, and George III declared the Colonies "in a state of rebellion," they were fighting a uniformed army -- albeit sometimes using unorthodox methods for the time.

JAORE said...

Wow, if he'd just had a snappy hash tag all the hate in the world would have just melted away.

Sure (parts of) it was touching. But it's drivel to think it creates a light in the world that will out shine the darkness. Nor will our hostesses tears wash away the hatred from radical Muslim hearts.

I found the tossing of the muskets in Hamilton interesting too.

In the face of a terrorist attack our reaction should be to disarm..... Did I get it right?

Feh. Pious virtue signalling.

jr565 said...

"They had their grievances, their ideology, their deep conviction and willingness to kill and die for it"
Who doesn't? The nazis had their grievances, their ideologies, their deep convictions, and we dont compare them to the founding fathers.

JAORE said...

False equivalency has been raised to absurd levels.... I guess like the frog in the pan on the stove.

But the left is not only unaware of the rising heat, they refuse to notice the bubbles.

jr565 said...

"I found the tossing of the muskets in Hamilton interesting too.

In the face of a terrorist attack our reaction should be to disarm..... Did I get it right?

Feh. Pious virtue signalling."

Totally. Its a meaningless gesture that doesn't even address the issue. But even if it did, does nothing. My question is, if its a relevant gesture, why only do it for one day? Remove muskets from the play permanently.
It reminds me of the hashtag diplomacy when Boko Haram kidnapped the girls in Nigeria. And Michelle Obama and all the libs had the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag. The bravery! The moral stance!
Does anyone even know if they actually did bring back Our Girls? Do the people who used the hashtag even remember what it referred to?

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

What a lovely man is Mr. no WHITES need apply.

Just lovely.

eddie willers said...

A Minstrel Show for the 21st century.

Curious George said...

"Ann Althouse said...
"Hamilton drops muskets from awards show performance."

Interesting. We watched the performance, and we were talking about how these people were the terrorists of their day. They had their grievances, their ideology, their deep conviction and willingness to kill and die for it, to use nontraditional fighting methods against the established authority, and to feel very righteously glorious about the whole thing."

Seriously? This is so simplistic and stupid it hurts.

Christopher said...

Terrorists = Founding Fathers is the most stupendously ignorant thing I have ever seen uttered by Althouse.

I hope.

As for the subject at hand, all the praise here for Lin-Manuel Miranda motivates me to take a look at his work. But yeah the love will overcome hate theme is laughable, unfortunately. Hate beats love every day of the week on this planet.

Doug said...

Is his fifteen minutes of fame over yet?

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Ann Althouse said...This seems to be the most likable, lovable celebrity to come along in ages.

Talented, of course. Likable, sure. Lovable...I saw him on John Oliver's show talking about how we have to give $ to Puerto Rico, and his message was basically "people are hurting now, ignore how things got this way, it's your duty to give $ to people despite the fact that they are the ones who made decisions that put them in their situtation." In other words, a pure appeal to emotion that specifically said not to use reason to examine the situation.
I'm not saying it's not effective, but I am saying the only thing that keeps it from being considered manipulative and/or evil is the particular target/goal. So lovable is too far.

HoodlumDoodlum said...

Ann Althouse said...Interesting. We watched the performance, and we were talking about how these people were the terrorists of their day. They had their grievances, their ideology, their deep conviction and willingness to kill and die for it, to use nontraditional fighting methods against the established authority, and to feel very righteously glorious about the whole thing.

Wow, no, not at all. The Continental Army (and the Minutemen/militias) fought as an army against an army...so definitely not terrorists. Both sides got a bit carried away from time to time w/r/t looting/pillaging, but neither side in the Revolution did a whole lot of deliberate targeting of civilians (you can argue that the British using natives to attack towns might qualify).
Now in the pre-Revolution time there were all sorts of criminal acts you might classify as terrorism, again on both sides (burning homes/farms, mob action, tarring & feathering, property destruction, some rioting) and I haven't seen Hamilton so maybe that's what you're talking about...but the American revolutionary fighters declared war and fought under the rules governing war between armies (again, for the most part). Look at the treatment of prisoners of war, for example (I don't remember reading many accounts of mass beheadings and/or burning captives alive). It wasn't strictly against the laws of warfare to snipe at officers, hit & run, etc, it was just unusual.

Jonathan Graehl said...

Can't stand him. Too hammy.

As for 'Hamilton', which I listened to a year ago on early hype: impressive one-man effort. Not musically great but at least on par with the pop/rap it's aping. Fun concept.

If you've seen any of his 'freestyle' it's just cringeworthy. Nothing like the real talents at it, anyway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuKrrHZwF5o

His racist casting (no whites allowed) is provocative and I hope we all learn something from it.