Friday, June 26, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

any question of the moral

"But any question of the moral inevitably raisesfor the artist, at leastthe question of the beautiful." John Banville in conversation with Ben Ehrenreich, The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers
Golden Goose Distressed Sneakers, La Garçonne

Sunday, June 14, 2009

reading to an empty room

Paul Auster: There's a great entry in Kafka's diaries in which he describes an imaginary writer in the process of giving a public reading. So-and-so is up there onstage, and people are getting restless and bored. "Just one more story," he says, "just one more..." People start getting up and leaving. The doors keep slamming shut, and he goes on begging, "just one more, one more," until everyone is gone and he's left alone at the podium, reading to an empty room.
Paul Auster & Jonathan Lethem
The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers
Painting, Egon Schiele via Rooms

Sunday, June 7, 2009

in the third act

At the end of the drama THE TRUTHwhich has been overlooked, disregarded, scorned, and deniedprevails. And that is how we know the Drama is done.

... We recall how each attempt (each act) seemed to offer the solution, and how raptly we explored it, and how disappointingly we (the hero) were on finding we had been wrong, until:

At the End of the Play, when we had, it seemed, exhausted all possible avenues of investigation, when we were without recourse or resource, (or so it seemed), when we were all but powerless, all was made whole. It was made whole when the truth came out.
-- Three Uses of the Knife, Mamet
Photo: Mociun via Lena Corwin