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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Teller and the Scottish Play

Want to read something really cool? Something beautifully written that's all about art and blood and magic and horror? And Shakespeare? And the theatre? Something that's about the enthusiasm of art? The joy of putting talented people together and building something that hasn't been done before? About making people see things that aren't there? About lying in the service of art?

Honestly, you do, even if you think you don't.

Trust me.

Go to http://www.pennandteller.com/03/coolstuff/tellerspeaks/telleressaymacbeth.html

Read it.

Then click on Back at the bottom , which takes you to http://www.pennandteller.com/03/coolstuff/tellersessays.html
and read forward, an entry at a time, as Teller blogs the year of creation of a magical, bloody production of Macbeth. Take your time. It's like reading a good book.

(Teller, who is an astonishing magician, and a remarkable magical thinker, is also one of my favourite writers, and he is chronicling what he describes as, "one of the most joyful times of my life." I really want to see the production.)

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