|WBAI And NPR Playhouse|
|Original Broadcast Date|
|Annalee Jefferies, Arthur Miller, Bernie Mantell, Rosemary Foley, Eric Sears, Tim Jerome, Matt Bassford, Joe Frank|
|Sound Effects, Absurd Monologue, Scripted Actors, Improv Actors, Panel Discussion, 1 hour|
|Preceded by:||A Call In The Night|
|Followed by:||The Death Of Trotsky|
"They stood at the water's edge, the waves mounting, then crashing and sweeping up the coastline..."
We hear Joe alternately discussing his own writing process and typing at a keyboard. His story describes a romance between an American woman and a bullfighter. The narrative alternates with acted scenes and sound effects. Every scene degenerates into references to bull fighting. The couple swims naked in the sea, encounter a whale. Panel discussion: being terrified of text after reading Black Beauty, writing to purge anxiety, the history of writing. Story: reckless passion in a race car. Panel: reading and the downfall of civilization, the danger of self examination. Joe: the universe as a succession of writers inventing worlds. Story: a scene in a hotel room above a festival, the bull fighter's childhood, a fisherman living far from water and fishing for scrap ("You cannot eat a coat"), reading doesn't compare to bullfighting, scar stories. Story: scene in a church, stained glass featuring the resurrection of a wealthy donor, animals communicate with god. Joe: hammering a nail into your heart with your own brocaded slipper. Panel: man wasn't meant to read, college course reading lists. Joe: Melville's physical struggle when writing. Story: a scene in a cafe, she begs him to stop fighting bulls, a model bull fight using steak knives tied to a chair. A man and woman fight - he wants to watch TV and she wants to read. A television program: the fastest piano player interview. Panel: the consciousness lowering group. Joe: finding a dead whale on the beach, the mess in one's bathroom.
- "Solea" - Miles Davis (from "Sketches of Spain", 1979)
- "Section I" - Steve Reich (from "Music for 18 Musicians", 1978)
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Tim Jerome, Annalee Jefferies, Paul Mantell, Rosemary Foley, Avery Hart, Matt Basford, Lester Nafzger, Eric Sears, and Joe Frank
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