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100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater
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100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater Sarah Ruhl One hundred incisive, idiosyncratic essays on life and theater from a major American playwright Don t send your characters to reform school pleads Sarah Ruhl in one of her essays With titles as varied as On lice, On sleeping in theaters, and Motherhood and stools the furniture kind , these essays are artful meditations on life in the arts and joyous jumbles of obOne hundred incisive, idiosyncratic essays on life and theater from a major American playwright Don t send your characters to reform school pleads Sarah Ruhl in one of her essays With titles as varied as On lice, On sleeping in theaters, and Motherhood and stools the furniture kind , these essays are artful meditations on life in the arts and joyous jumbles of observations on everything in between The pieces combine admonition, celebration, inquiry, jokes, assignments, entreaties, prayers, and advice honest reflections distilled from years of working in the theater They offer candid accounts of what it is like to be a mother and an artist, along with descriptions of how Ruhl s children s dreams, jokes, and songs work themselves into her writing 100 Essays I Don t Have Time to Write is not just a book about the theater It is a map of a very particular artistic sensibility and a guide for anyone who has chosen an artist s life.. Essays I Don t Have Time to Write On Umbrellas and Sword Fights Parades and Dogs Fire Alarms Children and Theater One hundred incisive idiosyncratic essays on life and theater from a major American playwright Don t send your characters to reform school pleads Sarah Ruhl in one of her essays With titles as varied
  • Title: 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write: On Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children, and Theater
  • Author: Sarah Ruhl
  • ISBN: 9780374535674
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Cat says:

      I loved this book so much that it is hard to write about it Also, so much of it spoke to me so deeply that I kept thinking of people in my life I should buy it for And I m tempted to buy my own copy I borrowed it from the library and to carry it around in my purse to pull out in moments requiring succor, laughter, or simply elegantly phrased insight.It s funny that right now I am also reading David Mitchell s The Bone Clocks, which is such a ginormous tome and a self conscious attempt to write a [...]

    2. Samantha says:

      This book was only three stars to me because it was not what I expected However, if you are a theatre person, I have full confidence this will be a four or five star book to you.I read this book on a whim, and thought it would be a series of 100 thoughts on random things like, well, umbrellas and sword fights While these objects were briefly commented upon in the beginning, the book was not about ordinary things as much as it was about the author s thoughts on how plays should be conducted and t [...]

    3. David Schaafsma says:

      Sarah Ruhl writes in one of her essays here that she hates the words whimsical and quirky as they are used to describe works of art, especially works of art accomplished by women They are dismissive words Maybe even the word funny might be included in this list of words dismissive of women playwrights Now, I have heard Ruhl does not read reviews of her work, but she must know these words are used to describe her plays, her world of ideas And to call them quirky and whimsical and merely funny cou [...]

    4. Adrianne Mathiowetz says:

      The cover and title would make you think this book is light, goofy fare Whoever s job this was failed the essays may only be 1 3 pages in length, but the majority of them are dense philosophical treatises on playwriting and the world of theater, and deserve a place in the college classroom.On the one hand I have never been curious enough about the playwriting process to warrant reading an entire book on it, and often throughout this book, I struggled to care about what Ruhl so passionately cares [...]

    5. Finley says:

      Ruhl s insights, questions unanswered and very small essays of appreciation for ordinary and extraordinary are dead on I will read this many, many times in my life, and for various reasons But really, just because I enjoy what she has to say.

    6. Marina Sofia says:

      Loved it It s a real mish mash of the trivial and the profound, of the everyday and the extraordinary Funny, sarcastic, winsome and bold I felt like underlining nearly every page and will be returning to it, dipping in and re reading.

    7. Lavinia says:

      Don t let the title get you This book is first and foremost about theatre and everything connected to it With a touch of parenting And yeah, she mentions umbrellas and dogs at some point.

    8. Suzanne says:

      I m giving up on this about halfway through I m bored and can tell it will be just of the same for the next 100 pages The title is a bit misleading, as has been noted elsewhere Most of these very short pieces I hesitate to call them essays are about or connected in some way to the world of theater playwriting, acting, audience actor relationships or some other aspect of that field which I have little experience with and too little interest in to become engaged There are also a few about toddler [...]

    9. Michael says:

      Tried before to write about why I love this book so much and so fiercely, but failed then as I will likely fail now I don t know Ruhl s plays at all though I ve since picked up a few to read , and I am not a playwright, but her essays here are wide ranging and wonderful She writes about theater here, sure, but also about parenting, and sickness, and, hell, umbrellas, and about tons of minutely observed things that she opens out into a greater significance Some of the essays are so short that the [...]

    10. Christine Prevas says:

      This remarkable, gorgeous love letter to life as a theatrical artist has cleansed from me the muddied ambivalence towards theater with which Kenyon s drama department left me after four Aristotelian years.

    11. Chiara says:

      I am so glad I read this It was lovely, it made me think of things in so many different ways really feels like a book I ll come back to again and again.

    12. Maggie says:

      What a delightful little collection I m happy I bought a hard copy, because I have a feeling I ll be flipping through this book, rereading it, and loaning my copy to friends for many years to come.

    13. Kales says:

      I have been a fan of Sarah Ruhl s plays since college When I saw this collection of essays in the bookstore, it was an instant buy for me I wanted to learn about this playwright I admire so much and her life and her insights I got all of that and I feel like 100 essays was a lot and there was a lot of information and thought However, I underlined and dogeared so many essays and fantastic lines It made me laugh and think and I have quoted it several times over the last four days I look forward [...]

    14. Leahest Leah says:

      I liked some of these essays, and some of them were meh It s a really small book though if your looking for a quick read I liked all of the ones where she mentions her family Those essays always had suprising little thoughts Like just because you think everyone wants something materialistic doesn t make it true This book is also by a playwright about mostly plays Some topics I found interesting some not so much I think I just like references I understand though and when I don t know who or what [...]

    15. Nicola Waldron says:

      I love this little book it s like one of those tomes you find in high school or college and keep close to you, imagining it was written just for you you secretly keep opening the covers to dip into it for just one dollop of delicious, perfectly confected wisdomif you ve ever loved theatre or writing or being a woman, a mother, a human, if you ve ever loved letting your thoughts simply roam, and the wonderful surprises that emerge from the miracle that is your mind, this is for you

    16. susie says:

      But what if lightness is a philosophical choice to temper reality with strangesness, to temper the intellect with emotion, and to temper emotion with humor Lightness is then a philsophical victory over heaviness A reckoning with the humble and the small and the invisible p.36

    17. Keith Moser says:

      Read this as part of my 2017 Reading for Growth Challenge I had almost purchased it last year after seeing in on the shelf at NYC s Drama Book Shop I ve wanted to read of Sarah Ruhl s plays The Clean House is the only one I ve read so far and the title caught my eye, but for some reason probably the other 6 books I bought that day I didn t pick it up When I saw essay collection on this year s challenge, I knew what to buy and read It s probably of a 4.5 book, but I rounded up because why not R [...]

    18. Brian says:

      3.0 Already forgotten most of this, a lot about being a playwright, not so much about being parentBut some of the good stuff On melting your heart I have an umbrella with a picture of the sky inside My daughter Anna said, when she was three and underneath it, We have two skies, the umbrella sky and the real sky When I went out with her in the rain recently without an umbrella, she said, It s all right, Mama I will be your umbrella And she put her arms over my head On plays and art I would be int [...]

    19. India Braver says:

      The essays are short Really short I feel as if they could be so much interesting if they were longer, and perhaps arranged in a meaningful order the order seems arbitrary, which is fine, but coupled with the shortness, it is hard to extract any meaningful impact from this collection I would start an essay and then almost immediately finish it due to its brevity and then move on to the next because I wanted but it s thus really hard to properly digest any of the essays because a point is made [...]

    20. Matthew Minicucci says:

      Sarah Ruhl s plays are some of my very favorite, and I was excited to dig into this book On the surface, the book seems to underplay its seriousness and significance with the shorter form and the commonplace book feel of the cover But Ruhl uses that shorter form, tied together with considerations of motherhood and its sparse time, as a lens for all sorts of considerations of craft The first section, on playwriting, was especially striking to me Ruhl, as she is in her plays, is a master of the sm [...]

    21. Rebecca says:

      Ruhl writes with a lovely attention to cadence and vocabulary that I really enjoy Her writing is passionate and her ability to distill moments into profound ideas with clarity and ease is just fantastic She asks simple, engaging questions, wanders into fascinating anecdotes, and then reveals delicious insights that tie the questions, anecdotes, and big ideas all together in a sparkling, gorgeous package.I most enjoyed the first sections that focused on general aesthetics and Ruhl s experiences a [...]

    22. Deke says:

      I feel a little bad giving this only 1 star, but it frequently frustrated me I m a lover of the essay form, and these are not essays but short musings with some chapters only a pithy 1 3 words, sparking the thought that the title should actually be 100 Essays I didn t write.An essay requires both a thought and a journey, be it through the process of arriving at this thought, or a process to bring the reader to the same conclusion It is a wide welcoming form, but what it is not is a couple of par [...]

    23. Joseph Clark says:

      Honest, insightful and precise At times, terribly wrong, but always lovingly so Ruhl s heart is always in the right place, right on her sleeve, bleeding magic and wisdom and wonder If you re a fan of theater or a fan of poetry or a fan of literature or a fan of illusion, this is the perfect book for you.I ve studied theater for than 20 years and this is the first book I ve read since high school that challenged my notions of what the theater should be and what magical bits make up an individual [...]

    24. Jennifer Norton says:

      This could not have come into my life at a perfect time My mind so full of the theatre and suddenly there is a baby needing my time and energy How can I love them both without sacrificing one or the other Well, the author didn t solve the problem for me, but at least she gave me permission to HAVE the dilemma I was feeling a bit of guilt before Her essays convey such a love of the theatre and address such a broad range of funny puzzling things about the theatrical world I was delighted the whol [...]

    25. Aseem Kaul says:

      My favorite contemporary playwright brings her magical combination of poetry and wit to this haphazardly joyful collection of 100 micro essays spontaneous, articulate and occasionally moving observations on theater, meaning art, meaning life As Ruhl writes in essay 45 On Fire Alarms probably my favorite piece in the collection theater is at its roots some very brave people mutually consenting to a make believe world with nothing but language to rest on Her book is a must read for anyone who writ [...]

    26. Kevin says:

      I ve enjoyed Ms Ruhl s work on the stage and I really wanted to like this To the degree that the book is what it appears a conspiracy between a publisher and a working theater artist to keep the rent paid in Brooklyn I m fine with it as long as I haven t been fooled into reading it The observations on theater were too twee by half and the stuff about her children should have been saved for the Christmas letter.

    27. Jenny Maloney says:

      Sarah Ruhl is an amazing playwright and she s a pretty awesome kind of essayist too These reflections on playwriting, motherhood, and theatre are beautiful and thought provoking She asks several questions throughout lots of rhetorical questions which make her point I don t have much to say about this collection except that it s well worth the couple hours it ll take you to read it and if you have any kind of passion for writing or theatre, you ll probably read it a couple time.

    28. Alyson says:

      Essay 60 of 100 says there is no objective standard of taste and so I know not everyone will fall in love with this book the way I did And that is okay But every page of this collection felt like a reassuring hug, even if at times she squeezed a little too tight or didn t hold on long enough What a joy to learn about Ruhl as a writer, a mother, a daughter, and a human being.

    29. Heather Fowler says:

      Ruhl write with passion in a series of short essays about life and life in the theatre I enjoyed how this book spanned topics from motherhood to literature to the directions modern impulses bring to the stage I particularly liked the idea of talking plays in comparison to visually driven culture A lovely book.

    30. Emily says:

      Thank you BB for sending this to me I loved every moment The stories of her trying working on being creative and writing while parents were perfect She had some really beautiful and interesting ideas about theatre as well A great read.

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