Thursday, September 15, 2005

On or in the Lists

On Sep 15, 2005, kw wrote:
I was throwing out ideas.... about the future of theatre... the life of artists..... but this discussion seems to have devolved into the usual nitpicking....,

GLH replies:
I've enjoyed your comments, and the passion behind them.
I think you have some cause to feel hard-used about the spelling issue.
On most lists it is understood that email is an informal means of communication, and that "spelling doesn't count". Proper names in particular are given a pass.... people who know the proper spelling generally post the correction in a reply w/o calling attention to the original error. In cases such as my own-- I have no dominant eye, and am essentially "blind" to mid-word vowels-- this tolerance is much appreciated. When it finally dawns on me that I've been misspelling something in a public forum, I blush to the ears as if I'd been caught out in my underwear and add the word to my spellchecker. I bless those who have refrained from branding me "That idiot who can't even spell Chekhov"!
I've seen 3 of the plays of the author in question -- liked one a great deal, another not much, and the 3rd somewhere in between-- and read two more. But I cannot recall ever having heard his name pronounced! I would hesitate to refer to him in conversation, and my confusion about how his name sounds adds to my uncertainty about how it is spelled.
Nevertheless-- I knew who you meant from your spelling and description, and thought it rather ill-mannered for a long-term poster to take a newbie to task over such an error.

Sep 15, 2005, J S wrote:

Is there a dramatists sourcebook for Europe?

GLH There are email lists devoted to British and European theatre. The economics and marketing of theatre in London and the UK is a subject well enough covered that a good reference librarian could supply you with a long list of relevant publications. As a student, you should be able to ask the assistance of professors and scholars too. Getting access to this info isn't easy for people who don't have an institution to help. American interlibrary loan does not extend to many of the titles I wish I could read. I've spent long afternoons in the bookstore at the National Theatre in London reading such stuff off the shelves. (I'm not able to afford to buy it.)
The London/Manchester Guardian, which is published free on line, carries feature articles about UK subsidy/production/marketing at regular intervals.
Info about European theatre is more difficult to come by. Some countries subsidize so heavily that box office and marketing are merely minor considerations: others don't subsidize at all. If you decide to research this, I'd be very interested in what you find out-- and I don't think that I'm the only one! GLH


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