Obsession . . .

—From CB— I think I do obsession pretty well. Not that I would recommend it over Vitamin C, but it can be helpful to keep you on track. At times it can squeeze the life out of life, but if carefully nurtured I can be convinced, however rational I pretend to  be, that...

Solo . . .

—From EF— Creating a solo show is a unique process. I’ve done two before Survival, and each was very different. The first was huge, a staging of Pamela White Hadas’ book of character poems, Beside Herself: Pocahontas to Patty Hearst, involving eleven separate...

Darlings . . .

—From CB— It’s a truism among writing instructors: Kill your darlings. Meaning the phrase or passage you love so much that you’ll go to any length to preserve it, even though it stands like a speed-bump that rips off the wheels of your story. Not that Shakespeare...

Comrades . . .

—From EF— One perk of being 77 is reveling in long-term comradeship. I have been with Conrad for fifty-seven years, a mighty span. Right now I am visiting a friend I have loved for fifty-one years, another astonishing accomplishment. It’s been half a century of time...

Old . . .

—From CB— I became aware of the Whorfian hypothesis—that a language structure profoundly influences the way we think—in an undergrad linguistics course in 1961. I was 20 then. It’s entered the popular consciousness in simplified form: language structure, grammar,...

Forgiveness . . .

—From EF— Forgiveness. When you let the word come unglued, as all words do if you stare at them for a while, if becomes “for give-ness.” What a lovely concept, give-ness. In a Facebook correspondence with one of my favorite authors, Rene Denfeld, she asked what the...

How It Changes . . .

The first showing of our new show Survival was a couple of months ago, with two weekends of “previews” three weeks ago and first “regular” performance in about a month. For creation of new theatre pieces—whether for Broadway or for a house concert in Sebastopol—that’s...

Day Journals . . .

—From EF— Day-journals are a fascinating thing to look back on, especially at the close of the year. For the last twenty years, I have used a home-made loose-leaf format, photocopying six-hole notebook pages with my own hand-written layout. Lines divide each page into...

Opinions . . .

—From CB— I often think I’m deficient in opinions. True, I spout off in response to the nightly news, and I’m pretty judgmental on anything I see as grotesquely cruel and stupid. But I don’t feel the need to wave the flag or claim an identity. I only find “identity”...

Survival . . .

—From EF— Hello again, back after a hiatus for blogsite renovation. It’s been a stressful period, not only the digital hassles of redesigning the blog but also preparing for and doing the first four local previews of our new piece, Survival. I’m the designated digital...

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