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Can You Just Answer The Question?

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Mike Daisey in an interview in the Playbill from the Wooley Mammoth Theater, the theater in Washington D.C. where The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs was workshopped.

NOTE: He never answers the question or, as Ira Glass told him, he’s hedging.

Madeleine Oldham: Do you consider your work a form of journalism?

MD: I think that journalism should be part of most art that we make. Because we should know what is happening in the world, we should know it in our bones and it should inform our work. I feel like the impulse in the theatre, and in many other art forms, is to distance ourselves from the concerns of the day in an attempt to thenget an overview of life, but I think that’s a false dichotomy. I think that actually being cheek by jowl with life itself, with things that are actually happening, affords us an opportunity to have a specific dialogue that doesn’t exist otherwise. It lets us find these charged elements that can pull us along like a magnet and pull us somewhere where catharsis is possible. So I do think journalism is a huge part of it. Journalism has a fantastic framework to live up to: the attempt to actually transmit the truth even despite all the difficulties inherent to that undertaking. I find it very inspiring. A lot of my heroes are journalists.

So, we should take that as a “no”?

Link originally via Daringfireball.net

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 20th, 2012 at 11:55 am