Epic Endings, Epic Beginnings

I’ve spent the last 22 months of my life in graduate school, figuring out what I’m going to do with my life that will both keep a roof over my head and leave me, mostly and ultimately, pleased with how I’m spending my days. Without the daily rush to a coffee shop to squeeze a little more research and writing time in before the day’s structured schedule hits, I’ve been relaxing into reading and writing again. The process is a slow one; since finishing the texts and papers required for the completion of my degree, I’ve been resistant to more than a few pages’ pleasure reading or writing notes longer than a few sentences. I could not have guessed my recent rejection of literature was even possible. And I can’t express how glad I am that the peak of my dry-spell seems to have passed. A few more pages there, a blog post here, and I just may be able to get myself back on the wagon–hopefully with more consistent appreciation and enjoyment than previously.

Along with my return to the non-academic world, I’m embarking on a new endeavor: I will be directing a local semi-professional production of August: Osage County (or, as I may refer to it, AOC), the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy by Tracy Letts. [Yes, AOC is currently being made into a movie.] I figure this blog space is as good a location as any to begin creating a repository for some of the information I find regarding the play and its contents. To begin:

T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men”
Eliot’s poem is quoted extensively in the show. I had a brief exchange with a former English and poetry professor of mine whose world to poetry and literature was opened through this poem–including one particular line repeated multiple times in AOC: “Life is very long.” He was kind enough to share an old blog posting of his that discussed his discovery of the poem.
I’ve also discovered a couple of annotated versions of the poem with some interesting notations.

I’ll have plenty more to discuss in the coming days and weeks, so I’ll leave things here for now. Until then . . .


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