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IN QUEST OF A TITLE By VOLTERRA
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How literature moves altogether by the nationality and ethnicity of the run of the rummed describer: for example, Encyclopedia B. (B- but really C+) in the passage on Shakespeare ("Other poets,... More > such as Homer and Dante, and novelists, such as Leo Tolstoy and Charles Dickens, have transcended national barriers; but no writer’s" (But where is melodramatic Dostoevski instead of the childlike melodramatic Dickens?)). This play is by the author of works as diverse as whatever you may crow about.< Less
A NEW EVENING AT THE THEATER By VOLTERRA
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"Marjorie's Intentions": A brief verse drama that is more joyous and less comic than one in reading or performance may want. A veritable tragedy. The author toyed with titling it... More > "Crass Oppression in Québec", but chose this more telling title. "The Triumphant Defeat Final of the Corsican": A wholly self-contained play from the other. The place is Waterloo, the play is brief, and the characters with speaking lines are all women, to rebound against the thoughts of the centuries, and the play is of the examining class. Then a friendly intermission, followed by four brief plays (Jehovah may be God, so he has to be correct, but MacDonald did review Kurosawa's "Fortress"). A total of six, making it a new evening at the theater.< Less
TWO ANTITHETICAL CONTENTIONS OF VANITY, PUNNING By VOLTERRA
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Human nature is very limited, whatever “clinical” psychologists claim. This very short treatise about the whole of the human mind is about as long as it takes to expound psychology.... More > Perhaps it may be possible one day to explain why Tarkovsky, who had made the best film in history (Ivan's C.) before making the best, "Andrei", could, having exhausted cinema there, have descended to the Antonioni idiom of "L'avventura" of "Solaris" (critic Lopate notes--'T. had seen Kubrick's "2001" and disliked it as cold and sterile. Unlike it, "Solaris" is saturated with grief ...even before it leaves Earth.') and the Fellini idiom of "8 1/2" of "The Mirror" to the Bergman he adored level of "The Sacrifice". Is psychology explainable? Yes, but not creativity. Why doesn't the tendentious W. O'Reilly assassinate Obama, Biden? Boenher will then be president, and O' Sec of State? Vanity of vanity, huh?< Less
WE, THE NOVELIST By VOLTERRA
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A medley of non-fictional and fictional prose that may make them become a book whose subtitle is "The Most Subtly Characterized Creature in Literature", with literature in italics. On a... More > perhaps unrelated subject, and not explicitly a theme in the book, would all readers know why Shakespeare did not allow publication of his writings in his lifetime? Supposed to be a writer so high in attitude that his literary works did not interest him for profit making: it is probably, though, that he did not wish for others than his own company to reap the financial boons of Shakespeare's dramatic money success. It was ticket sales domination he sought, unlike Count Tolstoy's and James Joyce's wish for artistic dominance. They came years later. Epstein, Joseph's article in "Atlantic" mag, 6/19/2013, where is meant by "Kafka's fiction" "Khurram's poem" (poor Kafka with his K. suddenly under the wrath of JE. Even "Kafka reads like Freud fictionalized" whom Kafka despised, as JE knows).< Less
CHECKMATE: AN ASIAN POEM By VOLTERRA
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Re: this Asian poem published under a different title in 2013, and very different from what N. Boyle says in the Encyl. Britannica in 2014--" He could be said to stand in the same relation to... More > the culture of the era that began with the Enlightenment and continues to the present day as William Shakespeare does to the culture of the Renaissance and Dante to the culture of the High Middle Ages. His Faust, though eminently stageworthy when suitably edited, is also Europe’s greatest long poem since John Milton’s Paradise Lost, if not since Dante’s The Divine Comedy." The character of the poem at hand is “I” and is of some little interest because he has an aspect of the divine in the sense of The Divine Comedy. The new thing about this work is so much the fact that the poem will improve in translation. (Today, just later, Canada's Supreme court has judged suicide with the help of doctors legal. Anyway, others, not I, am supposed to suffer physical pain or torture--for too long. Ah!)< Less
WITH RIMITTO ALL'S WELL By VOLTERRA
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A statement by a son of Russian Jews (not of Isaac Babel), "Energetic as [Stendhal] is, he cannot match Balzac and Victor Hugo, preternatural demiurges of creativity, and his art is precisely... More > the reverse of Flaubert's painstaking mastery," that the statement can be with equal wisdom, "Energetic as [Shakespeare] is in his 39 plays, he cannot match Lope, preternatural demiurge of creativity who wrote 1,800 plays, and his art is precisely the reverse of Joyce's painstaking mastery." Neither S would have pointed out as one writer does, that the CIA smacks (futile attempt of Cheney that "I'd" do it again, when this thing started much earlier and notwithstanding the implied "Cheney Administration" (Putin to pres. Medvedev)) of the Gestapo and the former employer of Putin, the umbrellaed KGB. And neither has Volterra. ISIS=Indian parliament and N. Korea, America. Its Hemingway dedicated his renowned "O Man and C" to his publishers,but still visible the sentence, "But none of these scars were fresh,"sorry M. Perkins.< Less
By VOLTERRA
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This piece of art was published originally titled "In Quest of a Title". Because its title was clear to the author, but used already by Federico Fellini in "8½", without... More > any relation as to why so called. It will be apparent to the viewer and reader of these minutely connected plays why it is titled thus. But the delay between the two publishing dates explains why. If continued as originally named the play will seem as if it is a cousin of Pirandello’s "Six Characters in Search of an Author", which is grievously worse.< Less
TO BE DECIDED AND DEDUCED By VOLTERRA
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Another drama, with a "grand" cast, by the author of "A New Evening at the Theater", "8½", and "With Rimitto All's Well", among dramas. The whole theory... More > will last until, and this is the rub, humans find other intellectual beings. This book is not for readers and listeners not realizing that the keenest intellect among musicians was of Mozart, and most inner in the gardener scene, and not yet ruing that "Beatles" rock and black white banalities of rap composers black and white and orange are as deeply unintellectual as a cockroach. No one has stated, as far as this reviewer knows, why the same painting, or its copy, is hung in M. Remy's jewelry store and in the General's mansion--in Ophuls' "Madame de".< Less