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I've been reading "In Cold Blood" for two months. Honestly, I keep having to put it down and walk away from it. Its so bone chilling that its actually crept into my dreams..turning them into nightmares.

I've had to do it in baby steps.

I haven't had a book do that for years..since "The Shining". Only its worse with Capote, because it isn't fiction.



Since seeing Capote I've been trying to re-read In Cold Blood too and I've been having the same problem. Reading The Grass Harp has been a lot easier and more comforting, but probably not as satisfying.

harry near indy

bravo, lance!


btw, iirc, the grass harp was made into a movie in the mid 1990s. charles matthau, walter's son, directed it, and i think walter had a small part in it. from what i read, it was ok.

and as for interracial casting -- lots of black american opera singers, like leotyne price and jessie norman, have done well in roles originally for european singers.

and i've found that interracial casting works well with shakespear's plays.

now, i wonder if a traditionally black college, like howard or grambling, ever put on a production of othello and had a white actor play the title role, with black actors in the other traditionally white roles.


Interesting story on all kinds of levels. One thing not to be perplexed about is why you didn't bother to remember the young actress' name. People who don't show up to rehearsals, unless they're plausibly dying like Uncle Merlin, are essentially breaking Rule #1 of any decent theatre group, which can be stated as "respect each other's time."

As for colorblind casting, I've seen it work plenty of times, and in fact just read a rave review about a recent Wooster Group production in Manhattan of "The Emperor Jones" starring a white actress.

Still, it can get weird, such as an "Aida" I once saw at the San Francisco Opera. Through accidents of casting and people canceling at the last minute, the Aida and her Ethiopian father were played by white singers while the two main Egyptian roles were sung by black singers. The supertitles made absolutely no literal sense at times.

Kevin Wolf

Always a pleasure to read your take on things, Lance. I think I'd have reacted the same way - nice liberal who is moreso in the abstract than in the day-to-day.

It's also good to be reminded that we're still wrestling with race, despite the claims of pundits that we've dealt with it, racism is in the past, why do we keep bringing it up, etc.

Uncle Merlin

It was actually 6 whole bulbs of garlic not 6 cloves,no wonder I reaked but it worked!

And it was the morning review given by our Principal on his morning announcements over the PA system the enshrined my role as memorable for my stage prescence and not my stage odor. I scared the bejesus out of the front row where he was sitting when I burst out of that curtain. You see it was a scene change so the audience was in total blackness at the start.


Brenda Board

I am searching and have been searching for years and I would like to know who is Catherine Creek. Two years ago, I turned to this movie The Grass Harp.

Reason for my search is my grandfather born in 1897, built a house in 1950 in a small town in North Carolina on a road called Catherine Creek. This beautiful little road has now been changed to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Drive which is usually presented on a well travelled road for all to see not to show as a locatioin where blacks live. I was born and raised here in a beautiful little town called Ahoskie (the spelling was different), an Indian name meaning a "hot sky".

I believe, she was a real person and she was Indian. For some reason, I believe she was black. Please help with the search. It would be greatly appreciated.

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