Alex Massie

Blogging Beckett

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Noah Millman, one of my favourite bloggers, on Brian Dennehy appearing in Krapp's Last Tape:

It’s a marvelously devastating bit of theater, as Beckett should be.Krapp’s Last Tape is – and should be – a particularly uncomfortable play for a blogger. Here sits a man, a writer, having reached his grand climacteric, looking back on a life devoted to a project of self-creation through self-revelation (and using new technology – the reel-to-reel tape recorder), and consumed with self-disgust at the utter waste of such an effort. The fact that I’m continuing to blog after having seen this play is only more evidence that theater lacks any real power to change one’s life. Which, I think, Beckett would agree with.

Discuss! I like the idea of Beckett as a blogger: all those words, all that cyberspace... All that silence. But then I would say that, wouldn't I?

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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