While I blog at you furiously today, I just wanted to share a happy series of literary accidents that have recently made me smile.
I read If on a winter's night a traveler... by Italo Calvino which I had planned to gut and steal and make a play out of. Some might call this an homage.
On my recent trip to San Francisco, I picked up Natural History, a book of poems by Dan Chiasson, that I would like to gut and steal and make a play out of. (An homage, again.) In fact, I thought maybe I'd use the poems to inspire the Calvino piece.
Then, reading Chiasson's notes about the poems, they are inspired by his reading Pliny the Elder's Historia Naturalis. He was referred to this literature after reading "Man, the Sky, and the Elephant" by...Italo Calvino.
The world is rather welcoming to interpretation.
- 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.