Tina K. Russell

December 30, 2008

“Kicking the Bucket,” by Harold Pinter

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Harold Pinter, Playwright of the Anxious Pause, Dies at 78 – Obituary (Obit) – NYTimes.com

I saw a few Pinter plays when I was a kid. My crazy art teacher in high school (whom I hated, and I imagined that, it I took over the school, my first decision would be to fire her; and if you’re reading this, no, I’m talking about another crazy art teacher at my high school) took us to a round of avant-garde plays a few times, and I found them excruciatingly awful. The Pinter plays we saw, supposedly emblematic of his work, were the worst. Let me repeat the experience for you:

This is a blog.

I am writing a blog.

You are reading a blog.

Why are you reading a blog?

The other day, I was reading a blog.

It was called, “Mittens.”

I have more lines.

So, I’m not shedding too many tears. But, I think it’s only proper to honor his passing with a moment of racuous noise.

(I’m sincere in that I believe his plays to be awful. I’m sick of art that’s so painfully bad, so devoid of even the most insipid content, that it must be brilliant.)

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