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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

When Beckett Won The Nobel Prize

After Pinter's Nobel Prize honor, the New York Times posted information regarding past Nobel Prize winners in the literature category. Gloriously, they posted a gem of an article, speaking of a non-existent book, praising Beckett's health, and speaking about he was simply annoyed at the publicity of receiving the Prize. He refused to attend the ceremony, but didn't turn down the prize because he apparently thought it would only make matters worse.

Beckett was a comedian of a high order, to be sure. It's no secret that he's a personal hero of mine, I'm just constantly amazed at how often I hear or see something new about him that makes my toes curl into pleasing little laugh shapes.

So wonderful. Check out the PDF here.

4 comments:

Joshua said...

He's one of my heros, too.

George Hunka said...

Actually, "Sans" isn't a non-existent book, but the French version of a text called "Lessness," which turned out to be much less of a book than Beckett intended. The five-page text can be found in The Complete Short Prose.

Sorry to be such a kvetch, but ...

P'tit Boo said...

Jean-Paul Sartre was awarded the noble prize and turned it down... I still have to find out why...

Freeman said...

George:

Never realized that. Who says you can't teach a young dog like me new tricks?

Actually, they expressly don't say that.

Boo: I'm sure it was in some way intended to pick up women.