Sunday, May 07, 2006

Faithful!

Today I got in a conversation about the Stephen King/Stewart O'Nan book about the Red Sox' historic 2004 season, the book that we sold, oh, only about a billion copies of that Christmas, and I drew a complete and total blank on the title. It was flat-out weird. I kept telling my friend "it's something with an F...like a two syllable word...about fans..." Very strange. I could see the cover and everything. I could HEAR my boss' voice saying, "We just got two more boxes of ,mgoirshguoj in the back." But tonight I came home and went on-line to look it up and literally as I typed in a certain bookselling web site it came to me that it was Faithful.

Man, I would stack dozens and dozens of copies of that book and then turn around two minutes later and they'd be gone. It was out of control. For that Christmas season, it was even more out of control than The Da Vinci Code, which remained out of control and from what I hear is out of control all over again with the movie. I think the movie opens here next week. Whatever, Da Vinci code. Oh, and by the way people, it's still fiction.

So, here's something worthwhile! We are in the final week approaching our play, Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark. It is Ariel Dorfman's weaving together of the words of dozens of human rights activists from around the world, taken from the text of their interviews in Kerry Kennedy's book Speak Truth to Power. I have been very interested in this play since hearing of it a couple years ago, and I am so excited to have the opportunity to direct and produce it here.

Furthermore, in a display of the ever fortuitous and synchronicitous universe, the book has just been translated into Korean, and the Speak Truth to Power foundation is coming to Korea this month for a symposium in Seoul and the launching of a three-city tour of the accompanying exhibit. I have been in contact with the U.S. people for a couple months, and they put me in touch with the Korea Democracy Foundation, and so forth. We were invited to perform at the symposium in Seoul, so that has been really exciting, and we have been working very hard throughout April rehearsing and preparing.

Now, it's May and the symposium in Seoul is this coming Friday, May 12!! We will stay the night in Seoul, too, and you know what that means: I'll be in Seoul to eat Mexican food on my birthday! Wahoo! After we go to Seoul this weekend, we will perform in Daegu the next weekend May 20-21. The Daegu performances will of course be at the arts space I've mentioned before, where we've had poetry slams, etc., with our little Daegu artists' community renaissance.

I'm super busy and will try to post more about this, but in the meantime check out the web site: http://speaktruthtopower.org

1 comment:

James Fletcher Baxter said...

Consider:
The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.

The way we define 'human' determines our view
of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and
future. Important?

Each individual human being possesses a unique, highly
developed, and sensitive perception of diversity. Thus
aware, man is endowed with a natural capability for enact-
ing internal mental and external physical selectivity.
Quantitative and qualitative choice-making thus lends
itself as the superior basis of an active intelligence.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. His title describes
his definitive and typifying characteristic. Recall
that his other features are but vehicles of experi-
ence intent on the development of perceptive
awareness and the following acts of decision and
choice. Note that the products of man cannot define
him for they are the fruit of the discerning choice-
making process and include the cognition of self,
the utility of experience, the development of value-
measuring systems and language, and the accultur-
ation of civilization.

The arts and the sciences of man, as with his habits,
customs, and traditions, are the creative harvest of
his perceptive and selective powers. Creativity, the
creative process, is a choice-making process. His
articles, constructs, and commodities, however
marvelous to behold, deserve neither awe nor idol-
atry, for man, not his contrivance, is earth's own
highest expression of the creative process.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. The sublime and
significant act of choosing is, itself, the Archimedean
fulcrum upon which man levers and redirects the
forces of cause and effect to an elected level of qual-
ity and diversity. Further, it orients him toward a
natural environmental opportunity, freedom, and
bestows earth's title, The Choicemaker, on his
singular and plural brow.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the
universe.

That human institution which is structured on the
principle, "...all men are endowed by their Creator with
...Liberty...," is a system with its roots in the natural
Order of the universe. The opponents of such a system are
necessarily engaged in a losing contest with nature and
nature's God. Biblical principles are still today the
foundation under Western Civilization and the American
way of life. To the advent of a new season we commend the
present generation and the "multitudes in the valley of
decision."

Let us proclaim it. Behold!
The Season of Generation-Choicemaker Joel 3:14 KJV

- from The HUMAN PARADIGM