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Don's Right (Yes, You Read That Correctly)

When all is said and done, Don and I are in agreement about the central point of Don's latest couple points: "I'm not saying that the mere presence of money mucks things up. It's when the primary motivation for the creation of the art is to make money. That's when that slippery slope that leads to rampant mediocrity and shallow horseshit theater gets all slidey." I agree entirely.

Furthermore, like Don, I would extend this to non-arts jobs as well: "Here's a clue - don't take the job because of how much money it pays you. Take the job that you want. Find a job that seems like it will be challenging, fulfilling and pays you some kind of wage and then work hard to do it well. If you take a job because it gives you benefits (and that that is the main reason to take the job) then all you will end up having is benefits." Nicely said.

I even agree with him -- brace yourself -- that art is not a job: "The quality and value of a work of art has a…

Tom Loughlin On a Roll

Tom Loughlin at Poor Player has been writing some thought-provoking posts recently, and I hope to respond to one or two as soon as I can think carefully enough to meet Tom's level of reflection. But in case you haven't seen, them, here are the links.

http://poorplayer.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/why-i-teach/
http://poorplayer.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/what-i-teach/
http://poorplayer.wordpress.com/2009/02/11/tyranny-of-dead-ideas-theatre-edition/
http://poorplayer.wordpress.com/2009/02/12/my-mfa/
http://poorplayer.wordpress.com/2009/02/19/the-critical-mind/

I am also very excited to say that Tom and I will be pairing up at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in Birmingham AL on Friday March 6th to present a panel and discussion entitled ""What Are We DOING? Rethinking the College Theatre Major." The more Tom writes, the more I look forward to finally getting a chance to meet him!

On Prostitution, Art, and Other Absurdities

I'd like to say there is an interesting conversation going on at Angry White Guy between Don Hall and Adam Thurman, but I can't. I could say there is an energetic argument, full of sound and fury, but...well, you know the rest of the quotation. And the fault lies with Don, I'm afraid. Now, my inner Camille Paglia loves Don's melodramatic style. It's clear, it's strong, and it is a lively read. But my inner Descarte rebels. If I have my crap detector turned on at even the lowest setting, it starts going off almost instantaneously.

Let's start with Don't analogy: theatre is like a brothel. This one, which bookends his "theatre is like poker" analogy of several months back, is something we've been dealing with since St. Augustine turned against the theatre a little over 1600 years ago, taking the Catholic Church (and later the Protestant Church) with him down the anti-theatrical road. Don does a great job rehashing that argument:

"Prostitu…