Friday, October 14, 2005

Pinter prized

Harold Pinter is the 10th (!?) playwright to win the Nobel?
Let's see ... O'Neill, Shaw, Beckett in '69 ... oh, and Dario Fo in a surprise a few years back. I forgot about Pirandello.
And then?
Four other guys I've never even heard of. Well, Maeterlinck and Hauptmann -- barely heard of. But the other two?

I saw the man himself in Old Times with Ursula Andress in L.A. in the mid-'80s. Didn't have the guts to wait at the stage door. If we'd met, there probably just would've been a long pause. And then he would have done something menacing. And then left me scratching my head about what all that meant.

I took a graduate seminar on Pinter, and the amount of criticism on his works even then was appalling. And that was 20 years ago.


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