Ballet Parking: Performing the Nutcracker as Counter-Revolutionary Act
by E. Michael Jones. Begun as a German fairy tale, the Nutcracker became a Russian ballet that now is an American ritual. Every year mothers set out in vans and SUVs to slay the rat king in a military campaign against the rats and everything they symbolize. They volunteer their children as soldiers in the culture wars to defeat the rats of appetite, disorder, and chaos by wielding the weapons of truth, beauty, and grace. The Nutcracker is the 21st century's Children’s Crusade. The book ships with a complimentary DVD with footage of Nutcraker reherasals and performances, interviews, and Soviet archival footage. An ideal gift for the culturally astute.