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Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2244  Tuesday, 5 December 2000

[1]     From:   Sam Small <
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        Date:   Monday, 04 Dec 2000 21:56:29 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.2205 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS

[2]     From:   John Briggs <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 5 Dec 2000 08:52:10 -0000
        Subj:   RE: SHK 11.2205 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS


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From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Monday, 04 Dec 2000 21:56:29 +0000
Subject: 11.2205 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.2205 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS

Since being a grateful member of this list I have never personally
rebuked a single soul.  I now feel moved to do so and would do it
off-list but for one important reason.  "I hope that those who see this
matter as I do will refuse to play with him any more.  He doesn't play
nice," says my assailant.  I consider this an attempt at list censorship
which I find deeply condescending and not a little disturbing.  Little
Mickey Jensen seems to me like a boorish little boy who can't stand to
see views other than his own.  That's not a bad definition of fascism,
albeit the small town variety.  Many list members proclaim Julie Taymor
as a latter day film genius in absolute terms ("the brilliance of the
line-readings" - "her film has certainly made me a believer" - etc. etc.
etc.) but are never censured by Jensen because they abide by his narrow,
rigid and un-varied vision of all things.  He accuses me of putting
forward challenging notions that illicit robust response.  I see that as
perfectly healthy in such a forum as this.  Shakespeare can be very
demanding and at times appallingly frightening.  My own journey into
Titus left me a little worse for wear, to say the least.

When I get an opposite view in response to my own it does not make me
angry, as it does with little Mickey.  List members can say anything
they please to me off or on-list.  But I will continue to reveal my own
perception (Hardy willing) for that is all I have.  I do not believe in
absolute truth as Mickey Jensen seems to believe.  Perceptions change
with life, loves and outrageous fortune.

The most shocking aspect of all this is that some list members may feel
apprehensive in responding to me or Charles Weinstein or anyone at all
with independent thought.  I accept Hardy Cook as the arbiter of this
list and long may he do so.  The last person who should be in control is
little Mickey, the Rumplestiltskin of our list whose name is regularly
discovered.

I wish a fond fond regard to all on this wonderful list and welcome your
views whether sweet or bitter.

SAM SMALL

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From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Tuesday, 5 Dec 2000 08:52:10 -0000
Subject: 11.2205 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS
Comment:        RE: SHK 11.2205 Re: Julie Taymor's TITUS

It is, of course, "Portmuthian" not "Portsmuthian".  Some might have
expected a former resident to know that...

John Briggs
 

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