12-9-13 We’ll Hang Ourselves Tomorrow

    Given the existence as uttered forth in the public works of Puncher and Wattmann of a personal God quaquaquaqua with white beard quaquaquaqua outside time without extension who from the heights of divine apathia divine athambia divine aphasia loves us dearly with some exceptions for reasons unknown but time will tell and suffers like the divine Miranda with those who for reasons unknown but time will tell are plunged in torment plunged in fire whose fire flames if that continues and who can doubt it will fire the firmament that is to say blast hell to heaven so blue still and calm so calm with a calm which even though intermittent is better than nothing…
    The first 155 words of Lucky’s monologue, Act 1 Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett

Sunday, Katherine and I went to the Cloisters to see/hear Janet Cardiff‘s “The Forty Part Motet” in the Fuentidueña Chapel (sadly closed – if it comes to your town, do go).

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40 Part Motet

Then we were off to The Cort Theater to see Waiting for Godot with Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Billy Crudup and Shuler  Hensley.  You may recall I talked about our seeing No Man’s Land by Pinter with the same cast on my birthday last month.  Godot, to my mind is probably the most important (and best written) play of the 20th century and this is an excellent production as directed by Sean Mathias.  The play is undoubtedly suffused with slapstick but I did think the company played that up at the expense of some of the textual meaning and depth. Many people think it depressing but I find it an oddly hopeful play. I strongly, highly, and completely recommend you go if you are in the NYC area. If the two British Sirs are not enough, I think Mr Crudup delivers the best Lucky monologue I have ever seen.

Of course, Sunday was also the anniversary of John Lennon‘s assassination. As it happens, about 10 days ago I was in Central Park and went through Strawberry Fields. I was very impressed with this homeless musician. He was damn good. I always kick a dollar to street musicians when I shoot them but he was good enough that I gave him $5.  Was he really homeless? I don’t know but he wouldn’t give me his name.

12-9-13 Blog1311220067I was also “impressed” with all these people at Strawberry Fields, celebrating John Lennon’s life while ignoring the only musician there and one who seemed to be in need at that.

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    “Given the existence … of a personal God … with white beard … outside time without extension who from the heights … loves us dearly with some exceptions for reasons unknown but time will tell and suffers like the divine Miranda with those who for reasons unknown … are plunged in torment … whose fire flames … will fire the firmament … blast hell to heaven so blue still and calm so calm with a calm which even though intermittent is better than nothing…”
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4 responses to “12-9-13 We’ll Hang Ourselves Tomorrow

  1. The second photo is really impressive!

    I haven’t even read the book [Waiting for Godot], although my brother told me so many times, to read it.

    A guy here in Saint John has started a website where he features a homeless person … they get to tell their story … He’s trying to raise funds for better shelters..

    quaquaq

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