It was just one of those reversals of fortune. The director’s mother taught in a law school and the lead character was a law student. Why wouldn’t we ask her to come to rehearsal? Why wouldn’t we ask for her feedback? “None of my students is like that.” Oh. Oh dear. None? “Well, I guess […]Read more "One Square, Any Direction"
I had a conversation with an old friend recently. We are both at the age where we are talking about retirement. His career has been a notable one in an interesting field. “Let’s write a book!” I suggest, excitedly. “We will tell your story.” “I don’t want to write a book.” Okay… My friend wants […]Read more "Begin. Again."
I’m not a very social person. That’s putting it mildly. I lack social skills. (It’s called Asperger’s Syndrome.) So it took me many, many years to notice what is probably obvious to others at an early age. There are a lot of total jerks out there. It’s often lucrative to be a jerk. Jerks know, […]Read more "Getting Played by a Jerk"
Here we are, only a speck of light in a totally indifferent universe, only a fleeting moment in what might be incomprehensible infinity, only a breath and a heartbeat in all the energy of history. Human life. How do we make the most of this strange, precious, fleeting moment of existence? How do we survive? […]Read more "Work As We Know It Is Over"
“Willie Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He’s not the finest character that ever lived. But he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He’s not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. […]Read more "Attention, Attention Must Finally Be Paid"
I became interested in my own survival after experiencing illness and emergency surgery. I became interested in the topic of human survival after reading about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. And I’m sorry to tell you, it doesn’t look good. I mean, I should be OK for a few more years now, but human survival is […]Read more "Human Extinction"
We are a forest of falling trees, crashing to the ground, one after the other, in a cascade of fear and sadness. And in complete silence. I ran into a friend yesterday. Hadn’t seen her for a few months. Her hair had grown longer and so, as we were standing on opposite sides of the […]Read more "Silence"
Yesterday, I walked home via a different route than normal and I passed by this beautiful granite monument to 100 workers who died on the job. There are bronze plaques naming a worker and his or her cause of death for each year from 1901 to 1999. I am reminded of The Condition of the Working […]Read more "100 Workers"