sheilaxVx wrote:i'm reading "the way nature made him";
it's a really interesting non-fiction story of a boy who was raised as a girl as the result of a botched circumcision and some poor decision making. wicked sad, very very interesting in regards to the science of gender identity vs. nuture.
Tennessee Williams wrote:At the age of fourteen I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable. It immediately became my place of retreat, my cave, my refuge. From what? From being called a sissy by the neighbourhood kids, and Miss Nancy by my father, because I would rather read books in my grandfather's large and classical library than play marbles and baseball and other normal kid games, a result of a severe childhood illness and of excessive attachment to the female members of my family, who had coaxed me back into life.
I think no more than a week after I started writing I ran into the first block. It's hard to describe it in a way that will be understandable to anyone who is not a neurotic. I will try. All my life I have been haunted by the obsession that to desire a thing or to love a thing intensely is to place yourself in a vulnerable position, to be a possible, if not a probable, loser of what you most want. Let's leave it like that. That block has always been there and always will be, and my chance of getting, or achieving, anything that I long for will always be gravely reduced by the interminable existence of that block.
Since I am a member of the human race, when I attack its behaviour towards fellow members I am obviously including myself in the attack, unless I regard myself as not human but superior to humanity. I don't. In fact, I can't expose a human weakness on the stage unless I know it through having it myself. I have exposed a good many human weaknesses and brutalities and consequently I have them.
I would say that there is something much bigger in life and death than we have become aware of (or adequately rewarded) in our living and dying. And further, to compound this shameless romanticism, I would say that our serious theatre is a search for that something that is not yet successful but is still going on.
runrevolt wrote:Again To Carthage - It's running fiction..i'm a nerd. but it's very very GOOD fiction.
Now i'm reading Once A Runner - the prequel to Again To Carthage. Again, very awesome stuff.
james79 wrote:Makes me want to go and live on my own in a log cabin and run 140miles a week.
emm7 wrote:OK have just been reading Tennessee Williams for the first time and it is compelling,
Papaya wrote:emm7 wrote:OK have just been reading Tennessee Williams for the first time and it is compelling,
Williams was brilliant, really simple language, great character interactions. Because he was homosexual in that culture he was almost asexual and so there was a real outsiders view on marriages and men and women. Not a lot of good character traits in people all round - Stan Kowalski's hardly a good male role model. He wrote a novel but it wasn't good at all, it was the same themes as the plays but just didn't work.
I went to see Streetcar many years ago on a hot summers evening and I think the theatre stopped all ventilation to add to the humid tension, but someone actually passed out. I should look out my old texts of these.
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