“I have a faith in language. It’s the ultimate achievement that we as a species have evolved so far. (I don’t mean that I think we are the only species with a language.) It’s the most flexible articulation of our experience and yet, finally, that experience is something that we cannot really articulate. We can look out and see the sunlight in those trees, but we can’t convey the full unique intimacy of that experience. That’s the other side, one of those things that makes poetry both exhilarating and painful all the time. It’s conveying both the great possibility and the thing that we can’t do.”—W. S. Merwin, The Paris Review, The Art of Poetry No. 38
Blogging is hard at the moment
I’m really struggling to articulate my thoughts and, the thoughts I can articulate, I don’t even know if I should post half of them.
My mind has been my worst enemy. I’m finding it impossible to switch it off.
It seems like there are all these different things that have compounded at the moment and have conspired against me simultaneously. I don’t think I’m dealing with it as admirably as I could be but I’ve had a whole number of thoughts on that particular matter too.
I got a whole bunch of new followers yesterday thanks to some really kind words said about me. I promise I’ll be in touch with all of you and check out your blogs soon. Feel free to get in touch yourself. My ask box is always welcoming to new people. I know I owe a few replies and I’ll send those out tomorrow. Thank you to the people who have been awesome over the last few days. Much love to you guys.
Time to sleep now… Waking up for work at 5am isn’t a good look for anyone…
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Want to know something funny?
The real reason that I made my tumblr-theme like this (text-heavy posts [text, quote, link, chat] on the left and media [photo, video, audio] on the right) is that I used to post SO MUCH in the way of music and unexplained photos that this place became a noticeboard…which is all well and good I suppose, but the human element is really important to me; and this is MY blog after all :P
So, because I obsess over these things far more than I should, I knew that scrolling to the bottom of the page and having one column MUCH longer than the other would really piss me off- so it forces me to write/post more on the left to balance it out. Sometimes the left overtakes the right and I have to post a song or a video. Tumblr seems to be my way of keeping culturally balanced.
Ladies and gentlemen, Alan Rickman
So in a most marvelous turn of events I went to New York City for a class and it was titled English 492”Drama in New York”. While I cannot describe to you in words how incredibly amazing it was to do what we were able to do, I can tell you of this. We went to see Seminar, which is the new (and absolutely incredible) play featuring Alan Rickman. Then we were informed that we had the incredible opportunity to have a talk-back with Mr. Alan Rickman himself. I, naturally, freaked out. I had been a fan sinceDie Hard. Let me tell you now, that man is magnificent. The eloquence with which he spoke was amazing. We were not allowed to record, but I put pen to paper and wrote quickly as many things as I could without becoming utterly mesmerized because every answer to a question, every word he spoke was pure poetry. So, here it is, a few quotes from the marvelous Alan Rickman.
On one of the similarites between NYC and London (on London):”Theater is a part of the life of the city.”
On if he relates to the characters he plays and if he find himself drawn to being a “bad guy”:
-“I’m playing Leonard, I’m just playing him. Now he has certain qualities, but it is up to you to decide if he’s good or bad…people want things. You can’t judge the character or you can’t play them.”
My question: 1.What would you say is the biggest difference between performing in London and here in New York City? 2.Having such a diverse canon of work and performing in such varying media forms, what would you say is the biggest difference between performing in a movie and performing in a play?
“In terms of performing in London verses here…this (motions to the class and himself) would not happen. There are still tiers and hierarchies that do not exist in America. Here I can look at you as equals and there are no real class systems to speak of. There’s no House of Lords, there is a sense of equality even as an actor that simply doesn’t exist in London.” “It’s a very different creature live performance. In a live theater, an audience of 800 can see you think. You can do nothing…but it’s not really nothing.”