Saturday, December 27, 2008


Harold Pinter, 1930-2008

With thanks to Stephen Kobasa, for sending the following:

Another prophet and poet dead, but we still have the voice. The passage below is the conclusion to Harold Pinter's 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech:

When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror - for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us.

I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.

If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us - the dignity of man.

Dear Sarah, Thank you for the appreciation of Harold Pinter, a great artist and activist. Due to a technical error at work, I've lost your Dad's email address! I contacted him about the possibility of reprinting his Flannery O'Connor book. I have a functional email address:
Douglas Robillard
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