Thursday, February 14, 2008

Edward Albee

Playwright Edward Albee turns 80 this year (in less than a month, actually). I was updating his profile over at Book Help Web (and I apologize for the near-duplicate posting to those of you who read all three of my blogs--or at least read the Books Blog) and came across these delightful quotes by him:

What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn't lived it?

A usefully lived life is probably going to be, ultimately, more satisfying.

Writing should be useful. If it can't instruct people a little bit more about the responsibilities of consciousness, there's no point in doing it.

If you're willing to fail interestingly, you tend to succeed interestingly.

That's what happens in plays, yes? The shit hits the fan.

Creativity is magic. Don't examine it too closely.


Kerry said...

Thank you for mentioning Edward Albee. My favorite playwright and a master of painting the brutal truth of the characters he creates. I wish more theatres would perform Albee and wish the ones who did (with a very few wonderful exceptions) would perform him well and with an understanding of the truth he writes about.

Keep blogging girl! I'm a faithful reader and will comment more now that the "invitation" has been offered.


Bridgette Redman said...

Thank you! It's great to hear from you.

Albee really is one of those fascinating playwrights. I saw "The Zoo Story" for the first time last year and was completely mesmerized by it.