Frank Wilson, Part II

The second part of the Kenyon Review intereview with Frank Wilson is here:

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As with part 1, it is an excellent piece — on his own blog, Books, Inq., Frank modestly lays the credit at the door of the intereviewer. Of course he is half right, the interviewer is skilful, but at least the other half of the reason these pieces are so readable and individual is the subject. Part 2 covers Ian McEwan’s Saturday, poetry, philosophy and more.

Frank is, of course, a published poet. Here is one of his poems, Advent.

He also runs a fascinating blog — I haven’t looked at blogs for a couple of days, and having just visited Books, Inq, I am blown away by all the links and laconic but telling summaries on there. Frank’s goal is clearly to publish enough every day to keep a reader occupied for all of that day. It’s all food for thought, but I particularly like Frank and Bryan Appleyard’s Failed Intellectuals Society. (Bet they are annoyed that Freud, Marx and Engels joined, though.)

Bill, Susan and David

Nighy Susan Balée has written a review of David Hare’s latest play, The Vertical Hour, on a wonderful website called The Official Bill Nighy Experience.  Susan and I are fellow enthusiasts for David Hare; Susan is also a devotee of Bill N., an actor I like a lot too.

I could not better Susan’s great introduction for why I, too, love Hare’s plays and always have done since seeing "Teeth ‘n’ Smiles" years ago:

"First, a confession: I think David Hare is possibly the best playwright of our era and I know for a fact Bill Nighy is the best actor. Hare has penned so many fabulous plays over the years – Skylight, Plenty, The Secret Rapture, Amy’s View, A Map of the World, just to name a handful – and he’s been willing to tackle Western society’s big issues and explore them in innovative ways. Until recently, he rarely preached to his audience, he simply showed us particular situations and let us draw our own conclusions. His ambiguity was a virtue; ditto his skill at sublimating the political issues that fascinate him into compelling stories about intimate relationships between human beings. As a female, I’ve also admired Hare because it’s clear he genuinely likes women, and powerful women with intelligent, witty dialogue feature in many of the above-named plays. Therefore, when I read this spring that Hare would be premiering a new play on Broadway and that my hero Bill Nighy would star in it … Well, let’s just say I was over the moon."

Unfortunately, Susan didn’t enjoy the new play much: too much politics, not enough passion. But at least there was Bill.

Here is Susan’s bio from the review:

"Susan Balée wrote the first biography of writer Flannery O’Connor and her essays on literature have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Weekly Standard, The Women’s Review of Books, The Hudson Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Oxford Encyclopedia to American Literature, and Scribner’s British Writers reference series. Her long essay on the career of playwright David Hare is forthcoming in The Michigan Quarterly Review.

Balée is also an unabashed and enthusiastic fan of the greatest actor in the English-speaking world: Bill Nighy."