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Conversation — October 2, 2015, 8:26 am

Permission to Speak Frankly

“By committing to the great emotional extremes demanded by Greek tragedy,” says Bryan Doerries, author of The Theater of War, “the actors are in effect saying to the audience: 'If you want to match our emotional intensity, that would be fine.'”

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Our Idleness, Pride, and Folly

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Lodged Within the Heart

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My Book is a Painting

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Tricks of Demeanor and Speech

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The Evil Thoughts of Man

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