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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Tidal Wave and The Birthday Party

The combined effect of reading Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Wolf's The End of America and viewing Peter Joseph's documentary Zeitgeist Movie has been, like a tidal wave, to sink one's screenwriting canoe, to smash it to splinters, I'm treading water amidst the wreckage wondering what happened to my interest in writing for the screen, I mean these are emotionally wrenching and intellectually overpowering works; so since I couldn't write I read and happened across an interesting article about Pinter's The Birthday Party this afternoon on a literary weblog in which the author maintained Pinter had confirmed to someone that McCann symbolized repressive Roman Catholicism and Goldberg repressive Jewish orthodoxy, which was gratifying to read after all these years of uncertainty about just what the hell went on in that work, which one has read any number of times without approaching this interpretation; one is expected of course to fall down and worship uncertainty, and plays that don't resolve the issues they purport to examine, but secretly one enjoys knowing what's what.

2 comments:

Medjai de metal. said...

Your comment in my blogsopt surprised me. Don´t get me wrong, but having a comment by a northamerican (or yankee, using the latinamerican lenguage) it´s really unusual to me.
I read some of your posts, they´ve got a lot of politic and economic contents. I don´t know much about USA ideals, I think it would be interesting to talk about it.
Anyway, thanks for passing by.

Ps: Do you talk spanish?

Richard McNally said...

Regret to say I don't speak Spanish but if you'd like to come to Cambridge to give lessons, I'd pay close attention.