Talk About Nothing

Fiona Shaw and Simon Critchley talk about nothingness [from the Talk About Nothing series at The Rubin Museum of Art, recorded Jan. 17, 2011]

Things get really interesting at 7:45, when Ms. Shaw starts talking about inherited rhythms.  I think anyone who has worked on a play or part written for a specific dialect understands how deeply rhythm is embedded in language – even without the help of punctuation – but I wonder how often we consider finding ways to notice our own rhythms.  What would we learn about how we think and breathe?  Indeed, what about our inspiration?

Working right now on punctuation as much as annotation, I’m on the look-out for the clues of rhythm on the paper.  While we can be fairly certain that Mamet and Stoppard approve of punctuation in their publications, we step into a murky field of theory and accident when it’s time to decipher the use and importance of points on an early modern page.

I know my playwright(s) heard rhythms, too, and I wonder if I’ll hear the same ones.


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