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“Nothing is funnier than unhappiness”

          When directing Endgame at the Schiller-Theater in Berlin in 1967, Samuel Beckett described the relationship between Hamm and Clov as a “war”. This is an apt way of summing up the relationship between the two men who are confined together in what seems to be a post-famine or post-apocalyptic shelter. Throughout the play, much of their time is spent bickering and insulting one another, yet […]

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Notes on Literature as Play

  As far as I can make out, there is only one rule to the game of literature that we can say with any degree of certainty. That rule is play. Play consists of saying much without really saying anything. It is not the job of poetry to clarify. Poetry should suggest and ambiguate. To play with words, to juggle with concepts and ideas is the business of the poet. […]

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