I like that neologism: counter-suggestible.
A few decades after college, I'm still counter-suggestible. If the last 2 films that a friend suggested to me turned out to be horrid in my opinion, I'll know not to take her film reviews to heart for myself. Maybe you do this, too, and I prefer to think of it as a time-saving device.
I tend to keep away from anything that is too fashionable or cool. There are quite a number of absolutely crucial books- Orwell's 1984 for instance- that I've never read because I absolutely refuse to be pressured.
We read that book as part of the Dramatic Ritual & Theater discussion group a couple of years ago. It's one of my favorites and I recommend it (and Mamet's True & False) to any budding ritualist who asks me for suggested reading.
Full o'good stuff.
It's excellent. Very well written. Brook is a fascinating man.
Random fact: As an undergraduate at Oxford, Brook directed a production of Dr Faustus and, wanting to get the magic right, went to consult with Aleister Crowley. Sheesh, but that took some chutzpah!
2008-04-28 07:18 am (UTC)
the freedom an actor or director has to make things new?
I don't know about today as religious ritual seems, in Orthodoxy - at least - to have calcified. But, clearly religious ritual at its origins was intrinsically linked to theater performance. Especially during the late middle ages, the great masses that accompanied Saint's Day observances were not only performances but one objective was absolutely the same as modern theater - that of eliciting funds from the audience, in the earlier case to fund the building of all those spectacular churches.
2008-04-28 08:35 am (UTC)
Re: the freedom an actor or director has to make things new?
People like John Armson- and others who were around at the time- believed or half believed that liturgical renewal would lead to a great revival of the church in England. They were sadly wrong, of course....
Beside the point, but-
Yesterday 10 people (or one person 10 times?) came to my website after searching for 'tony grist' in a search engine. That's strange from the off because my site is only on the 5th page in Google after that search.
I wonder why the sudden interest in you (or at least sudden interest that leads to me)? I panicked for a second and thought you'd died or something!
One or two of those visitors will have been me, googling my own name. Oh the vanity! But ten? I may have flicked backwards and forwards a few times but surely not that often.
By the way, I love the site. I thought, seeing as how this is your birthday and all, I'd give it a shout on my LJ this morning.
That's a great idea actually. I was thinking of requesting a review of one of my stories as a birthday present- but a shout-out is good too.
Hey- got the card- Ailz has a way with those. Very nice- thanks :).
I've posted the shout.
I'm glad you like the card- and glad it arrived on time. We only put it in the mail on Thursday.
Hey dad- thanks- that's a great birthday present! Already your LJ friends are checking out my site. Gonna put up a new story soon- finally took an overnight bike trip! Only 4 years in the works. It's not around the world, but it's a start.
I've got friends who are professional writers and publishers. I'm hoping some of these will take a look.
An overnight bike trip? You'll be blogging about it, right?
That would be great. Am looking to develop some friendships with other writers too- got a few lined up already, published in the same zines as me. It's good to see their success, chat with them, support them, as well as reading about their lives. It makes me realize publication is possible.
The bike trip I'll post definitely- hopefully with video. It was great- though I'm exhausted now.
Publication is definitely possible. You've just got to go on pushing. Submit, submit, submit. And a bit of networking doesn't do any harm, either.
The website will help, I think. It's very attractive and user-friendly
Don't you think that there is an importnat distinction between liturgical dramatization and "theatre"?
Also, there's an important distinction - isn't there - between (for example) dramatizing the Passion and celebrating the Eucharist? I remain appalled by a certain bishop who called the Eucharist a dramatic presentation - but perhaps we are not of one mind on this point.
I agree with you. The Eucharist is fixed in a way that a play text isn't.