Things I’m Reading Thursday #21
What I’m reading this week…
We live in an illiterate country. The mass media – commercial theatre included – pander to the low and the lowest of the low in the human experience. They, finally, debase us through the sheer weight of their mindlessness.
Every reiteration of the idea that nothing matters debases the human spirit.
Evert reiteration of the idea that there is no drama in modern life, there is only dramatization, that there is no tragedy, there is only unexplained misfortune, debases us. It denies what we know to be true. In denying what we know, we are as a nation which cannot remember its dreams – like an unhappy person who cannot remember his dreams and so denies that he does dream, and denies that there are such things as dreams.
We are destroying ourselves by accepting our unhappiness.
We are destroying ourselves by endorsing an acceptance of oblivion in television, motion pictures, and the stage.
Who is going to speak up? Who is going to speak for the American spirit? For the human spirit?
Who is capable of being heard? Of being accepted? Of being believed? Only that person who speaks without ulterior motives, without hope of gain, without even the desire to change, with only the desire to create: the artist.
from ‘A Tradition of the Theatre As Art’, part of Writing In Restaurants by David Mamet
I’m only a few essays in and already this book is a new all-time favourite. Thank you so much to the lovely Steve for lending it to me!
What are you reading this week?
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