Naomi Wallace - On Writing as Transgression
Read it. I had no idea I would read something so compelling to me in the pages of American Theatre.
We have spoken about the value of theater, I think Ms. Wallace does a incredibly precise dissection of how theater's value erodes in certain circumstance.
When speaking about computer technology and communication, Sam Fuller (One of my favorites) stated that the only value history will assign the use of such communication is in how it contributes to democracy. Now, when he said this he was showing his skirt just a bit, but his sentiment about how what we say, why we say it should be used for the betterment of humanity, the preservation of our bodies and the dignification of our spirit... I think is echoed in Naomi Wallace's words here.
Here is my question... was there anyone else out there stirred by these words? If not why not? What is missing? What did she leave out? Or if there is a valid counterpoint to her manifesto... then can you point me in that direction?