Playwright Interviews

The Paris Review is now offering their famous interviews with writers for free on their website, http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews

There’s some fantastic playwright interviews including Arthur Miller and Eugene Ionesco.

I love this quote from Miller. I think it falls in line with the idea of writers being excavators of the collective subconscious.

INTERVIEWER

Do you think these critics influence playwrights?

MILLER

Everything influences playwrights. A playwright who isn’t influenced is never of any use. He’s the litmus paper of the arts. He’s got to be, because if he isn’t working on the same wavelength as the audience, no one would know what in hell he was talking about. He is a kind of psychic journalist, even when he’s great; consequently, for him the total atmosphere is more important in this art than it is probably in any other.

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