Category: theater

Ribbon of Light

James Baldwin, on the movie theater experience vs. the stage experience: The distance between oneself – the audience – and a screen performer is absolute: a paradoxical absolute, masquerading as intimacy. No one, for example, will ever really know whether Katharine Hepburn or Bette Davis or Humphrey Bogart or Spencer Tracy or Clark Gable – or John Wayne – can,…

Mamet on Decay

I stole a book of essays by David Mamet from my friend Alex’s apartment, and I’ve been rereading it for the last month or so. I have mixed feelings about his plays, but the essays are incredible, about everything from show business to the death of the American pool hall. Here are some excerpts from one that seemed especially relevant…