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The importance of pretense

The history of the theatre shows us that in its greatest ages the stage employed the greatest number of conventions. The stage is fundamental pretense and it thrives on the acceptance of that fact and in the multiplication of additional pretenses.

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You can’t beat cemeteries for a sense of stillness. Understand, I’m not talking about quietness, I’m talking about stillness.

We can look at dates on the tombstones and know what convulsions the world was putting itself through during the lifetimes of the folks buried there, but we also know what was happening in their personal lives. 473 more words

Meet Yourself, Family, and Friends on Stage

Our Town (Perennial Classics Edition) By Thornton Wilder

Novels, films, dance, and plays at their most basic help us understand ourselves, put our lives into perspective, and most of all show us that we are not alone; that regardless of our age, our nationality, our position in life, we are, when reduced to the most elemental aspects of living, more alike than different. 328 more words


I see dead people

Once as a joke, when urged in an ice breaker at a writing group to share something special and having nothing to match the others’ revelations I said, ‘I see dead people.’ It was a good rendition of the little boy, Haley Joel Osment in the film, The Sixth Sense, and was accepted as a joke, but I was only half joking. 317 more words

The View From My Window

Thornton Wilder

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.


The Pulitzer Project: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thornton Wilder (1928)

Thornton Wilder’s The Bridge of San Luis Rey was the 1928 Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. This book took me by surprise and was such a breath of fresh air as I’ve been trudging through the 1920s. 857 more words


treasures of the heart

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.

Thornton Wilder