Ostensibly, this is a blog about theater and not David Foster Wallace. So here's a nod towards that lovely medium. Mike Daisey has been barnstorming the US with his great monologue, "How Theater Failed America". It's a phenomenal piece, covering not just theater but the corporate colonization of American life. Even if you disagree with it (& I've got friends & colleagues who do), you'll get a lot out of it.
But of course, not only am I coming late to this year-old discussion, I don't have time to do it justice right now. Instead, I'll shoot you over to Daisey's blog, where he posts a point-by-point response to a DC reviewer's arguments.
In other news, many people are swapping a mass e-mail & petition lobbying a Quincy Jones nom for Secretary of the Arts, a proposed new cabinet position. Chocolate City is no dream!
With his illustrious record of political activism (it's not just producing "We are the World" -- the dude marched with MLK), he's a pretty good fit. But no one yet has asked whether it's a necessary or useful government position. I'm thinking about it...