‘Tell Her the Truth’ – Kushner and Solomon on 7JC in The Nation (with a revision on MondoWeiss)

Important postings from New York. There’s this from Tony Kushner and Alisa Solomon and this from Phillip Weiss, another kindred spirit. [Well, now, thanks to Elaine “latenight” Reuben, I double back to continue reading Mr. Weiss’s scoring of the marathon chat with Jeffrey Goldberg – and Phillip’s down on my performance; not strong enough; too bullied by Jeffrey; i talk out of two sides of my mouth, if not two sides of the brain, or heart. Shame on me.)

The Kushner-Solomon examination of the play is written a keeper — it will stand the test of time as a penetrating analysis and should be saved. So much else here in this debate can and will be scrapped. Including Phillip’s pretty terrible editing of our transcript. I liked his write-up of his time in the audience at NYTW much better).

4 thoughts on “‘Tell Her the Truth’ – Kushner and Solomon on 7JC in The Nation (with a revision on MondoWeiss)

  1. From the article:
    “There’s a vast difference between making your audience uncomfortable and being anti-Semitic. To see anti-Semitism here is to construe erroneously the words spoken by the worst of Churchill’s characters as a statement from the playwright about all Jews as preternaturally filled with a viciousness unique among humankind. But to do this is, again, to distort what Churchill wrote.

    A playwright’s presumptuous job is to imagine others, and the others Churchill has imagined in this play are Jews. If there’s anger in the writing, there’s also empathy, tenderness and intimacy. Nothing is more intimate than discussions between parents about what to tell their children; no act of speech is more carefully weighed or more fiercely protected. This is a family play, told from within the family. It concludes with love, and it concludes with fear. “

  2. “…and this from Phillip Weiss, another kindred spirit. ”

    Mr. Weiss has written that he does not consider himself a Jew but an American. H eis an assimilationist. In what way then is he a “kindred spirit.”

    Here is what he said about Mailer:

    “But Jewish history is filled with assimilation, especially by literary stars from Spinoza to Heine to Nathanael West. Assimilation is older than any other Jewish social dream, older than Zionism, communism, or, today, neoconservatism. ”

    http://www.observer.com/2007/oh-norman-my-norman?page=all

    Are you assimilationists also?

    If so why do you call yourselves J Street and not “Assimilationist street?”

  3. “A playwright’s presumptuous job is to imagine others, and the others Churchill has imagined in this play are Jews.”

    Yes, and so did Marlowe and Shakespeare imagine Jews as others with Barabbas and Shylock.

    Seeing people of a different nationality as “other” is what racists do.

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