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100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater

100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater
Your Price: $26.00 CDN
Author: Sarah Ruhl
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 240
Pub. Date: 2014
ISBN-10: 0865478147
ISBN-13: 9780865478145

About the Book:

Sarah Ruhl is a mother of three and one of America's best-known playwrights. She has written a stunningly original book of essays whose concerns range from the most minimal and personal subjects to the most encompassing matters of art and culture. The titles themselves speak to the volume's uniqueness: "On lice," "On sleeping in the theater," "On motherhood and stools (the furniture kind)," "Greek masks and Bell's palsy." 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is a book in which chimpanzees, Chekhov, and child care are equally at home. A vibrant, provocative examination of the possibilities of the theatre, it is also a map to a very particular artistic sensibility, and an unexpected guide for anyone who has chosen an artist's life.

What people say:

"Sarah Ruhl's book of essays is miraculous. The writing is evanescent while the thought is profound. I found it best to read the book in small bites, perhaps in the way that she wrote it. I carry it with me to sample regularly and repeatedly." — Anne Bogart, author of A Director Prepares

"Reading this book is like going on a rainy day treasure hunt through the attic of Sarah Ruhl's mind. You never know what you are going to come across in the next box — ruminations on motherhood, both comical and poignant; nuggets of startlingly frank autobiography; and then out of nowhere a short, spontaneous treatise that will make you think about theatre in a whole new way." — Cynthia Nixon

"Perceptive, funny, and intimate ... 100 Essays reads like an extended, informal interview with one of the most original playwrights of our time ... The essays, like her plays, bubble up with a sense of wonder, joy and excitement." — American Theatre

"100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write is in fact a work of profound moral organization ... its deeper purpose is to define the artist's relationship to truth and to demonstrate how, from within the correctness of the artistic process, life can be meaningfully understood ... Sarah Ruhl has found the time to ask the right questions — it's up to us to make the time to think about her — and our — answers." — The New York Times Book Review

About the Author:

Sarah Ruhl is one of America's most acclaimed and accomplished young playwrights. A two-time Pulitzer prize finalist, MacArthur Fellowship recipient, Tony award nominee and winner of several other playwriting awards and nominations, she is known for charting complex currents of desire and broaching weighty topics such as bereavement with a light, whimsical touch.

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