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He lives in a sleek two-level condo with an enviable view — in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Floor-to-ceiling shelves fill a long wall of the living room and overflow with books. The ample kitchen and dining area were meant to be cooked in and dined in and are, with friends, frequently.
This airy, light-filled upstairs space is also where Greenberg works. Just imagine the thoughts that have originated here. Lucky for us, many of them found their way to the stage.
And now, some of the most succulent are contained in a book of essays with a title that is unabashedly Greenbergian: Rules for Others to Live By, one of which, early on, addresses the hermit issue.
Because I find the dialogue packed into his trove of plays so readable, a book of essays seemed like a logical transition. But I wondered how it had come about and why, so I asked him that — and a few other things — on a recent trip to New York.
I resisted at first. When I started, it felt very natural.
This is because all I ever do, really, is write essays; walking around, taking in information, forming sentences in response, then organizing the sentences into arguments. This is also known as "talking to yourself. Once you decided on this form, how did a writing day differ from a day of playwriting?
It was chaotic, enthusiastic, — the same. What differed was the degree of completion that was possible. A play— even a finished play-- is just the text for an event. With an essay, if it works on the page, it works.
Also, the form is completely different and has an almost antithetical impulse. It discovers its point as it goes along. Very pleasant, very didactic. In one essay, you explain that, sometimes, lying awake in bed, "an idea just drops in. Some of the essays are just pithy thoughts in a sentence or two that make the reader chuckle.
How do you determine when to stop and walk away, chuckling yourself? I love leaving things out— I think the experience of not having all the information is primal. Of the longer pieces, "Dinner," is my favorite. Do you write for a specific audience i.
At the same time, I have absolutely no desire to be Noel Coward. He was fantastic, but he was an English guy who wrote his first play almost a hundred years ago.
I write to keep myself interested in the hope that there are others who are interested in the same things I am. The reader will know it when it comes. And, inevitably with that, there was some effort to analyze and later, when I started working in her form, emulation.Start studying Drama chapter 8.
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Michael Baldwin was born and reared in Fort Worth, Texas. Although he originally wanted to be an astronaut, the eyes weren't quite 20 twice.
He might have been a tennis pro, but poetry proved more lucrative. He is also a professional jazz clarinetist manqué. Mike is also pretty sure his great, great grandfather was the Lakota mystic warrior.
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Essayist. Playwright. "The author's capacity for bringing an assortment of characters vividly to life is enviable.” "Bapsi Sidhwa is a writer of enormous talent, capable of endowing small domestic occurrences with cosmic drama and rendering calamitous historical events with deeply felt personal meaning.” New York Newsday.
Obie-winning philosopher-playwright-actor Wallace Shawn, known for wittily and provocatively examining and questioning common assumptions, will discuss his new book, "Essays," in Seattle — at.
Apr 25, · Lionel Abel, an Obie award-winning playwright, essayist, novelist and scholar, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was As a playwright Mr. Abel was perhaps best known for .